Chiang Rai International Airport extends its closure until Friday, August 5th, due to slow aircraft removal process

Chiang Rai –

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) on Wednesday, August 3rd, announced the closure extension of Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport until August 5th as a Boeing aircraft removal was struggling due to geographical conditions.

According to the authorities, the removal of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the runway was still unsuccessful as of Tuesday at midnight because the plane’s left main landing gear collapsed due to the ground sinking caused by constant heavy rains.

Dr. Somchanok Tiamtiabrat, General Manager of Mae Fah Luang РChiang Rai International Airport, stated that the removal process may need a lot of additional equipment which would take some time to transport to the airport before being used to remove the aircraft.

Therefore, the AOT announces the extension of the runway closure from August 3rd to 10:00 PM. on August 5th. All flights to and from the airport, therefore, remain canceled.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media. 

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