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.