88 people have been killed in a plane crash in Phuket today. This is the worst airline accident since December 11, 1998 when a plane crashed in Surat Thani killing 101 people.
The plane which was being operated by One-Two-Go Airlines, owned by Orient Thai Airways, apparently skidded when it hit the runway. It then split in two and the tail section remained on the runway while the front of the plane slid into the mountains surrounding the airport where it then burst into flames.
In addition to those killed it is estimated that 42 people were hospitalized. 14 people are still unaccounted for.
Eight Britons, eight Thais, five Germans and two Australians were among 42 known survivors, hospital workers said. Over half of the passengers were Europeans on holiday according to the flight manifest.
I am grieving for this terrible tragedy on Phuket, which was also devastated by the tsunami in December of 2004.
More coverage can be found from Reuters <a http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070916/ts_nm/thailand_plane_dc_9
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