At Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport in May, an AirAsia plane made a “major incident” landing on the incorrect runway. Due to extreme weather on Saturday night, a Nok Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft ran off the runway while attempting to land. As a result, the runway has been blocked since 6 am on Sunday. Nobody was hurt. On Saturday evening, buses were loaded with all people who had flights out of Chiang Rai, and they were driven the three hours and fifteen minutes to Chiang Mai International Airport. No one was hurt, however the incident led to the temporary suspension of two pilots.

The event was deemed “serious” by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), and the runway was closed for an inquiry at 6 a.m. on Sunday. The airport initially intended to reopen yesterday at 10 p.m.

On Saturday at 8:03, the jet took off from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok and touched down in Chiang Rai at 9:06. Numerous passengers said they were never provided with food or beverages during the event, despite the airline’s protestations. This claim was posted on Facebook. Thousands of people were greatly impacted by the airport closure, which occurred over the busiest four-day holiday in Thailand. Nok Air said in a statement that while transporting passengers and their belongings to Chiang Mai, they had offered refreshments and had taken wonderful care of everyone. The pilot’s skill in keeping the plane under control and bringing it to a stop after it swerved off the runway saved the lives of the 164 passengers and six members of the cabin staff. The runway will be closed for three days, the airport later said, and flights will resume as usual at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. The terrain was muddy from several hours of strong steady rain, and the plane went off the runway as it touched down. On Wednesday, August 3, at 10 p.m., regular flights into and out of Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang International Airport in northern Thailand should resume.

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