Last updated: 22 December 2014
Fecha:viernes 11 diciembre 1998
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic A310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A310-204
Operador:Thai Airways International
Registración: HS-TIA
Numéro de série: 415
Año de Construcción: 1986-03-03 (12 years 10 months)
Motores: 2 General Electric CF6-80C2A2
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 14
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 90 / Ocupantes: 132
Total:Fatalidades: 101 / Ocupantes: 146
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:ca 4 km SW of Surat Thani Airport (URT) (   Tailandia) show on map
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Tailandia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Surat Thani Airport (URT/VTSB), Tailandia
Número de Vuelo: 261
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.

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 blame


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
03 MAR 1986 F-WWBI Airbus first flight
29 APR 1986 HS-TIA Thai Airways

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 Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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