A passenger jet crashed Sunday at the Phuket airport in southern Thailand shortly after landing, killing 87 of the 130 people on board, according to health ministry officials.
The aircraft operated by Thai budget carrier One-Two-GO crashed shortly after landing in heavy winds and strong rains in the resort town of Phuket. The aircraft burst into flames shortly after impact, an eyewitness said.
A spokesman for the airline said Flight 269 left Bangkok at approximately 2:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) local time and was scheduled to land in Phuket at approximately 3:50 p.m. (4:50 a.m. ET)
He said the plane was carrying 123 passengers and seven crew members. Many of the 43 survivors were foreigners from Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Iran.
The island of Phuket is a popular resort destination for international and local tourists.
The passenger jet skidded off the runway during a landing attempt amid heavy rain and strong crosswinds, according to Thai News Agency.
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