Experts: Microburst air downdraft could have caused Thailand crash

September 18, 2007 07:45

The Thai jetliner that crashed on Phuket island could have been hit by a microburst, a vicious form of wind shear that deceives pilots into slowing the plane perilously close to the ground and forcing it to drop like a stone, experts say. Thai officials have said that the pilot of the One-Two-Go budget aircraft was warned of wind shear at Phuket airport as he was coming in to land on Sunday in a thunderstorm. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 hit the runway, skidded into an embankment and burst into flames, killing 89 of the 130 people on board. But it is not clear if the pilot was told about a possible microburst, or whether the airport had a system to detect the phenomenon, which is among the most dangerous of all weather-related threats to flying. "In fatal crashes it has been one of the worst causes," G. Brant Foote, director of the US Research Applications Laboratory, which runs a program to develop weather technologies for aviation industry, said late Monday. The RAL is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Related Content

Woody Allen on July 17, 2014
January 19, 2018
Woody Allen gets hit with a wave of #MeToo backlash


Israel Weather
  • 6 - 13
    Beer Sheva
    13 - 15
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 6 - 7
    11 - 12
  • 9 - 17
    10 - 15