4 Aug 2009

Pilot killed after jet crashes on Thai island

10:11 pm on 4 August 2009

A pilot died and at least seven passengers were injured when a commercial plane slid off a runway into a disused control tower on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui on Tuesday, according to police and aviation officials.

The Bangkok Airways plane flying from the southern Thai resort of Krabi left the runway while landing in heavy rain.

Hospital staff said two British and two Dutch tourists were among those hurt but none was seriously injured. The plane was carrying 68 passengers and four crew.

Television footage showed minor damage to the front of the ATR-72 twin turboprop plane.

Koh Samui, 700km south of Bangkok, is Thailand's third-biggest island and one of the country's most popular holiday destinations.