Chiang Rai International Airport extends its closure until Friday, August 5th, due to slow aircraft removal process

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Chiang Rai –

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) on Wednesday, August 3rd, announced the closure extension of Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport until August 5th as a Boeing aircraft removal was struggling due to geographical conditions.

According to the authorities, the removal of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the runway was still unsuccessful as of Tuesday at midnight because the plane’s left main landing gear collapsed due to the ground sinking caused by constant heavy rains.

Dr. Somchanok Tiamtiabrat, General Manager of Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport, stated that the removal process may need a lot of additional equipment which would take some time to transport to the airport before being used to remove the aircraft.

Therefore, the AOT announces the extension of the runway closure from August 3rd to 10:00 PM. on August 5th. All flights to and from the airport, therefore, remain canceled.



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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.