Bangkok Airways flight 266

Bangkok Airways Flight 266 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight to Samui Airport, Thailand, which overran the runway on landing and crashed into an old and unmanned control tower on 4 August 2009.

The aircraft involved was an ATR 72-212A, registration HS-PGL. The aircraft made its first flight on 6 June 2001 with French registration F-WWER. It entered service with Bangkok Airways on 16 July 2001 re-registered HS-PGL. On May 29th 2006, it entered service with Siem Reap Airways International, returning to Bangkok Airways on January 7th 2009 after Siem Reap Airways International ceased trading. The aircraft was named Pha Ngan.

The aircraft reportedly skidded off the runway and hit an old and unmanned control tower which was used as a fire-fighting station. The accident happened at around 14:15 local time (07:15 UTC). One pilot was reported to have been killed. The co-pilot, who was stuck in the aircraft for more than two hours, was among the last evacuated from the stricken plane. Serious injuries included four passengers – two Britons, one Italian and one Swiss suffered broken legs, while two other Britons suffered less severe injuries. The co-pilot also had leg injuries. A total of 41 people were injured.  

The weather at the time of the crash stated winds at 15 knots, direction 290° visibility 9 km, few clouds at 2,000 ft, scattered clouds at 12,000 ft, broken clouds at 30,000 ft, temperature 31 °C, dewpoint 25 °C, altimeter 1007 millibars or 29.74 inches, towering cumulonimbus to north west.

The fuselage of the aircraft spent a few years on roadsides in different parts of Samui before being sunk in October 2013 as part of Majcha Air Samui Artificial Reef Project.

Image of the fuselage at the side of the road:

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