A Bangkok Airways Aerospatiale 68-seat ATR-72-500, flight PG-266 from Krabi to Koh Samui (Thailand), skidded off the runway at Koh Samui and collided with an old unused control tower at around 14:30 local (07:30Z). One person is reported killed, 10 minor injuries are being reported, the airplane is said to have received substantial damage to the nose section.
There has been the usual media confusion about the fatalities. Unconfirmed reports from an airline source make it more and more realistic as the various reports come in, that there are currently 10 dead and up to 41 seriously injured.
Another report claims that the only one person killed was the pilot. The Co-pilot was injured, now recovering, four passengers suffered broken legs, two others slightly injured. Authorities in Samui confirmed, the pilot of the propeller-driven aircraft has been killed in the accident.
It has been reported that the plane had been attempting to land during heavy rain when it slidded off the runway and crashed into the emergency services command building housing the airports firefighting and ambulance vehicles.
Bangkok Airways was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services and began scheduled flights in 1986, becoming Thailand’s first privately-owned domestic airline.