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Passenger Jet Crash-Lands in Southern Thailand, 88 Dead, 42 Injured

  • VOA News

A Thai passenger plane carrying many foreign tourists crashed Sunday on the southern Thai resort island of Phuket, killing 88 people.

The remaining 42 people on board the aircraft survived and were taken to hospitals in Phuket, many suffering burns.

The plane, operated by Thai budget airline One-Two-Go, crashed while landing in heavy rain at the Phuket airport. The jet (a McDonnell Douglas MD-82) skidded off the runway, broke apart and caught fire.

The plane had taken off from the Thai capital, Bangkok with 123 passengers and seven crew members. There were 78 foreign passengers on the flight, mostly European tourists.

Thai officials say the dead include French, British and Israeli nationals.

Some survivors said they saw people on fire before escaping from the burning plane.

The plane crash is Thailand's deadliest since 1998, when a Thai Airways jet went down south of Bangkok, killing 101 people.

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