Others Say Tower Told Him To Do So
We're getting a clearer look at the series of events that may
have led to the downing of a Thai airliner this weekend. The pilot
of the One-Two-Go MD-82 may have chosen to land despite wind shear
warnings, officials said Tuesday.
As ANN reported, 89 people
were lost when the plane crashed on landing on the resort island of
Phuket. All but 13 bodies have been identified, the airline told
"The identification process of all the dead bodies will be
finished no later than in three days," said Health Minister Mongkol
Officials in Thailand report air traffic controllers warned the
Indonesian pilot of dangerous weather conditions as the plane
carrying 130 passengers and crew approached the airport in heavy
"There was a warning of wind shear from the pilot in the
previous flight, which landed four minutes ahead," Kumtorn
Sirikorn, vice president of the air traffic control body
Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, told AFP. "Air traffic control
asked the pilot whether he knew about this wind shear or not, and
he said he knew... the pilot insisted he wanted to land."
The plane impacted the runway and skidded into an embankment,
breaking apart and catching fire.
Another official disclosed the pilot, Arief Muldayi, received
clearance to abort the approach just before the plane touched
Mulyadi's son -- who lost his father in the crash -- had a
different account, however. He says authorities in Phuket said his
father had wanted to divert to Bangkok... but tower controllers
directed him to land.
One-Two-Go president Udom Tantiprasongchai admitted the airline
shared responsibility for the accident, but made efforts to defend
his flight crew, "It is too soon to jump to conclusions, it is
unfair to our staff. Please wait until the investigation is
finished," he told reporters.
Investigators -- assisted by personnel from the National
Transportation Safety Board -- have recovered the aircraft's flight
recorders, and will carry both devices back to the US for