Narrative:Thai Flight 261 left Bangkok at 17:40 for a 1:55min flight to Surat Thani. Weather in the Surat Thani area was poor with limited visibility and heavy rainfall. The Airbus was on it's third landing attempt when it stalled and crashed about three to five km southwest of the airport in a rubber plantation.
|Date:||11 DEC 1998|
|Operator:||Thai Airways International|
|C/n / msn:|| 415|
|First flight:|| 1986-03-03 (12 years 10 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 General Electric CF6-80C2A2|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 14|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 132|
|Total:||Fatalities: 101 / Occupants: 146 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 4 km SW of Surat Thani Airport (URT) (Thailand)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand|
|Destination airport:||Surat Thani Airport (URT/VTSB), Thailand|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Spatial disorientation when the nose pitched up sharply during a night time approach in stormy weather.
» Bangkok Post May 4, 2001 - Pilot error, bad weather to blame
» Bangkok Post Thursday 29 November 2001 - Officials want Airbus firm to share blameSample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Surat Thani Airport as the crow flies is 552 km (345 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.