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Flights cancelled due to power outage at Krabi Airport


A power outage at Krabi International Airport at the weekend resulted in several flight cancellations and hundreds of stranded passengers. Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit called for the power to be restored urgently, following a short circuit on Saturday, March 2.

According to a Nation Thailand report, a short circuit in a manhole at an aircraft hangar blew out the mains, resulting in the loss of power at around 8.30pm on Saturday night. Without any lights to guide the runway, flights were unable to take off or land, with a number of departures cancelled.

The affected flights included Thai Vietjet VZ345 with 193 passengers, Bangkok Airways PG264 with 145 passengers, and Fly Dubai FZ1482 with 170 passengers.

It’s understood that by yesterday morning, power had been partially restored and airport bosses were able to reactivate the visual landing system to guide pilots on approach to the runway. This meant flights could take off and land during daylight hours, however the airport needed to restore power to the runway lights to allow the resumption of night flights.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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