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THAILAND: Phuket Air expects to resume its Bangkok-Amsterdam service within days, following a ban of the service by the Dutch civil aviation authorities after it was discovered that an aircraft serving the route had a faulty emergency lighting system and a Phuket Air pilot was found not to have a necessary medical certificate.

Sribenja Semmeesook, Communication Consultant of Aziam Burson-Marsteller, the public relations agency for Phuket Air, told the Gazette this evening that Phuket Air board members met today with the Thai Department of Aviation to try to resolve the problems and resume service as quickly as possible.

“The reason they suspended the [Bangkok-Amsterdam] service is still not clear, whether it was because of the emergency lighting or because the pilot did not have the required medical certificate, or both,” K. Sribenja said.

“There was no need to order the suspension because of the problem with the emergency lighting. It was not a major problem. Only one of the emergency lights [in a series] was not working, and we have fixed that already.

“Regarding our Filipino pilot, I think it was a misunderstanding between him and the Dutch civil aviation authorities. We are clarifying this with the Dutch [authorities] now,” she said.

K. Sribenja explained that the problem seemed to be that the pilot had a current medical certificate from the Philippines but that the Dutch civil aviation authorities did not accept it as comprehensive enough.

“We are clearing this now, but we need a few days because we have to [conduct a conversation] between three countries: the Netherlands, the Philippines and Thailand,” she said.

“I think we will receive permission to [resume the service] soon,” she added. “I think we will be able to clear everything tomorrow on what is required and what has been misunderstood.”

During the suspension, Phuket Air passengers with tickets for the Bangkok-Amsterdam service are being transfered to Thai Airways International and Singapore Airlines flights.



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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