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Airlines voice confidence in Phuket Airport emergency evacuation measures

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PHUKET: Following the evacuation of Phuket International Airport after the 8.6-Richter earthquake on April 11, several airlines on Friday expressed their confidence in how officials handle the emergency exercise.

At a press conference at the airport chaired by Airport Director Prathuang Sornkham, Thai Airways representative Jittrapong Narongwanich said all airlines that use Phuket Airport remain confident in the evacuation procedures following the April 11 evacuation.

Thanaporn Taebunpakul, representing the Association of European Airlines in Phuket, also confirmed that no scheduled flights from Europe had been canceled since the April 11 tsunami scare.

Member airlines have done a good job in maintaining tourist confidence in Phuket by assuring travellers that effective evacuation measures were in place in case of an emergency, she said.

Also attending the press conference were representatives from several of the 41 airlines that operate at the airport, as well as the management at airport flight control center, run by Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Limited (Aerothai).

Airport Director Prathuang told the press that about 1,500 passengers were evacuated to the designated evacuation zone at the Phuket Air Catering facility, located 1,400 meters from the main terminal.

The evacuation took about 45 minutes, he said.

“No one was injured and all their belongings were safe. Our work impressed the passengers a great deal,” said Mr Prathuang.

The Phuket Air Catering facility sits 20 meters above sea level and is considerably higher than the airfield.

The evacuation was not without problems, however. The breakdown in mobile phone networks was identified as the single biggest obstacle, as officials were able to relay information only by two-way radio.

The evacuation order set in motion an automatic three-hour closure of the airport, causing a traffic jam at the entrance as vehicles were not allowed entry. There was confusion among many arriving passengers who were unaware of the earthquake, the tsunami evacuation issued or the airport’s subsequent closure, Mr Prathuang said.

Mr Prathuang cited training as the reason the evacuation was an overall success.

“We hold an evacuation drill every year, which was why everything went smoothly on April 11. Every airline is confident in our evacuation procedures and no scheduled flights have been canceled. Actually, passenger traffic is up 10 per cent over the same period last year and the number of flights is up three per cent,” he said.

The evacuation protocol calls for all planes capable of taking off do so as soon as possible after a tsunami warning is issued. This is because the airfield is designated as within a tsunami-risk zone. The west end of the airfield was covered with debris after the 2004 tsunami disaster, but was not inundated by the waves.

Also, during an evacuation all inbound flight are diverted to other airports in the region until the warning is rescinded and the situation returns to normal. Many of the aircraft are re-routed to Krabi Airport or Surat Thani Airport, while others are ordered to land at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Mr Prathuang explained.

He added that the main terminal at Phuket Airport was built 30 years ago under a design that would allow it withstand damage in the event of an earthquake of up to 5.0 magnitude centered under the airfield.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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