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Plane crashes into control tower

Published 04/08/2009

An airliner crashed into the control tower after landing on the Thai holiday island of Samui today, killing the pilot.





The Bangkok Airways flight skidded off the runway in bad weather and hit the tower, said the country's civil aviation department.

The ATR72 twin-turboprop carried 68 passengers, two pilots and two crew and was flying from Krabi, another popular resort area in southern Thailand.

"The plane was damaged," said an airport official.

"The weather was bad and it was raining when the plane skidded off."

Samui is in the Gulf of Thailand 300 miles south of Bangkok.

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