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PARIS: Problem-plagued Phuket Air hit another hurdle this week when it was revealed that it has been banned from flying into France since June 4 on safety grounds. The Bangkok-based carrier has already been barred from British and Dutch airspace.

The French civil aviation authority (Délégation Générale de l’Aviation Civile – DGAC) website included Phuket Airlines in a list of six international carriers that have been prevented from flying into France for the past three months. The news was published on August 29.

Reacting to this latest setback, the management of Phuket Airlines Co, the parent company in Bangkok, questioned the DGAC decision.

“We really don’t understand what is the meaning of ‘unsafe’,” Capt Chawanit Chiamcharoenvut, the carrier’s Executive Vice President, told journalists.

“Unsafe for operations or unsafe for what? Because we have never had a serious incident or accident, so I would like to ask the [French] authorities: what is the meaning of unsafe?”

He said the company is now working with Boeing, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to improve safety through pilot and personnel training.

Capt Chawanit admitted that the French ban will probably have “some impact” on Phuket Air’s image, although he said operations will not be directly affected because the company has not operated to Europe since April and does it intend to reintroduce European flights.

The only international routes currently flown by Phuket Air are chartered flights to Myanmar and Japan. “Those flights don’t have any problem,” Capt Chawanit said August 29.

France decided to publish the names of airlines banned for safety reasons after the August 16 crash in Venezuela of a West Caribbean Airways plane that killed all 160 people on board, including 152 French tourists.

“The airlines on the blacklist cannot operate flights in any French airport,” Maxime Coffin, head of security checks at DGAC, told a news conference in Paris. “Its publication is a warning to other airlines: if they are not rigorous enough, they could find themselves on the list.”

It has not been a good year for Phuket Air. One of the company’s Boeing 747s has been impounded at Incheon Airport in South Korea twice since August 10, the first time for non-payment of maintenance and other service fees and then again on August 23 in a legal dispute with its local sales agent.

In April, a Phuket Air 747 was prevented from leaving Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates after passengers saw fuel pouring from a wing.

Later, a Bangkok-bound flight had to return to London after developing hydraulics problems, and the airline was banned from flying into the UK and the Netherlands after safety inspectors found “serious” faults on aircraft. A Phuket Air plane was also impounded at London’s Gatwick Airport for non-payment of landing fees.

The company then canceled its Bangkok-Bali route, saying that passenger numbers had slumped because the Dutch ban had robbed its Bali service of “feeder” flights.

Since the beginning of August, Phuket Airlines has also owed to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Biman Airlines several hundred thousand taka, the Bangladeshi currency, in taxes, landing charges, and equipment rental fees incurred at Chittagong Airport.



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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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