Thailand’s Khon Kaen Airport has been reopened after it was shut down for a day following an accident involving a Thai Airways International (THAI) aircraft.
Nobody was hurt when the Airbus 330-300 slipped off the taxiway while preparing for takeoff on Monday night, when the wheels of the aircraft sank into the ground.
Airport operations resumed early on Wednesday after the aircraft was moved from the location using speciality equipment. Technicians from Thai Airways and soldiers from Nam Phong Air Squadron 237 were involved in the operation.
The aircraft rescue operation that began on Monday took 10h, during which the front landing gear tyre was blown out, soil was removed around it and new landing gear tyres were fixed to move the plane, reported the National News Bureau of Thailand.
The runway underwent complete inspection on Tuesday.
National carrier THAI, Nok Air and Air Asia operate daily return flights from Bangkok to Khon Kaen.
The Bangkok-bound Flight TG407 was carrying 246 passengers, 11 cabin crew and two pilots when the incident occurred.
The passengers were transported to the nearby Udon Thani airport to continue with their journey.
Udon Thani Airport director Ampawan Wannako was quoted by The Nation as saying that the airport was well-equipped to accommodate additional flights for passengers transferred from Khon Kaen.