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Mishap Kills Tug Driver: Nok Air Boeing 737 Crushes Tow Truck, by Travel Radar Correspondent Ankur Deo

A serious incident was reported this morning (Friday, February 7, 2020) at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok. An airport worker was crushed to death while other one was seriously injured when Nok Air Boeing 737 ran into the aircraft tow truck which was pulling it to the parking bay. Nok Air flight DD6458 was due to fly from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat at around 8 am local time.

The Tow Truck crushed under Nok Air Aircraft. Image Credits: BangkokPost

According to reports, the connection between the tug and the plane became loose when the aircraft was being pulled, and the driver had to stop the vehicle. Continuing its momentum forward, the 737 being pulled continued to move forward and collided with the tug. The tug driver was severely injured and later passed away while another employee was also hurt and rushed to hospital.

The airport’s director, Samphan Khutharanon stated:

“The towing device that connects the vehicle to the plane broke, causing it to stop while the plane continued moving forward.”

In a video recording that shows the events of the unfortunate incident (you can watch it here: Nok Air Crash), it can be seen (as told by Mr. Khutharanon) that the bar in between the aircraft and the tow truck snapped, and the tow truck came to a halt; however, because of inertia, the aircraft continued to move forward and crashed onto the truck.  

According to reports, the airline shall provide assistance in terms of financial remedies for the family of the victim and continue to take good care of the family’s mental state. Following the incident, the Boeing 737 remained on the ground for an investigation to take place while a replacement aircraft was used for the flight to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

We will update as soon as more details are known. Stay tuned!

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