Technical problem forces Thai airline to abort flight 2006-10-24 17:20:24

    BANGKOK, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- A flight of Thailand's flagship air company was aborted before departing from capital Bangkok for northern city Chiang Mai on Tuesday, for which a failing hydraulic system to blame, according to a THAI statement.

    Flight TG106 of Thai Airways International (THAI), due to depart Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 10:20 a.m. local time for Chiang Mai, was canceled after a technical problem forced THAI to abort the flight and reassign its passengers to a new aircraft,which with all passengers on board left the airport at 11:45 a.m. local time and had safely landed in Chiang Mai International Airport, the statement said.

    Investigators found a leakage in the aircraft's hydraulic cargodoor system, which sent fumes and smoke into the aircraft's passenger cabins before its scheduled departure, the statement added.

    Passengers were evacuated from the smoke-filled aircraft. No one was injured in the incident.

    It was the first flight canceled for technical problems reported at Suvarnabhumi Airport since it officially opened for commercial operations on September 28, replacing the decades-old Don Muang airport as the country's main gateway.

Editor: Lu Hui
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