Home Business Transport

AirAsia Pilot Suspended, Investigation Launched into Wrong-Runway Landing

AIrAsia Don Muang Airport Runway Jet Plane

The Ministry of Transport has launched an investigation into a Thai AirAsia flight that landed on the wrong runway at Don Muang Airport, which could have resulted in an accident.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand reported that the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Committee is currently investigating the incident that occurred on May 4, in which Thai AirAsia Flight FD3141 landed on a different runway than the one scheduled.

Although no injuries were reported, an investigation was launched since the incident can be deemed serious under Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization convention.

The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand said it has summoned air-traffic control officers for questioning, adding that anyone found at fault could face suspension. Thai AirAsia has meanwhile apologized for the incident and suspended the flight’s pilot and co-pilot pending an investigation.

According to CAAT, the investigation is expected to be completed within 30 days. The agency will then determine who is to be held responsible and use the data to develop prevention measures to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future.