Thai PM assures world on air safety, Phuket airport reopens

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Bangkok, Sep 17 (UNI) Thailand observes international air safety standards, prime minister Surayud Chulanont said today, before leaving for Phuket where a low-cost Thai flight crashed yesterday killing 90 people.

Accompanied by Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram, the Prime Minister reached Phuket in a military aircraft which became the first to land after the airport reopened this afternoon following Thailand's worst air crash in a decade.

Earlier, Mr Surayud met relatives of some of the victims and assured a probe would begin into the accident following the recovery of the two flight recorders from the Mc-Donnel Douglas MD-82 aircraft operated by Thai budget carrier One-Two-Go.

The victims include 55 foreigners, mainly from North America, West Europe and Australia. A few Iranians are among the injured being treated in Phuket hospitals.

Although a final official confirmation from Thai authorities is still awaited, the Indian embassy here has virtually ruled out the possibility of Indians having been on the flight.


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