National News

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's an Internet flap

By The Associated Press

BANGKOK - A Thai AirAsia plane hit a bird Tuesday during a flight in Thailand, where the word for bird is "nok," sparking social media confusion over whether the aircraft had collided with a plane from budget carrier Nok Air.

Within hours of the collision, Nok Air went to Twitter to set the story straight: "We would like to clarify that Nok Air did not clip another aircraft today." The tweet added that the other aircraft had hit a real bird.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 151 passengers from Bangkok to southern Nakhon Si Thammarat, landed safely Wednesday morning but the impact left "a scratch" on the edge of the left wing, Thai AirAsia said in a statement.

The airline's chief engineer, Banyat Hansakul, described the damage as a small hole in the wing.

Engineers inspected and repaired the wing before the aircraft returned to Bangkok after a three-hour delay, the airline said.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

North American ministers meet to talk energy
 
Two killed in snowmobile accident
 
Terrace hockey players feed Osoyoos Coyotes
SD8 no longer a member of BCSTA
 
Site C dam construction to start next summer
 
B.C. to announce Peace River dam decision
Municipalities to stay the course on CN Rail corridor, despite First Nations opposition
 
Burtynsky and Carr exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery
 
Renewed search for Red Deer man in river unsuccessful

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 11 edition online now. Browse the archives.