Airbus A380's wing scrape at Bangkok airport due to human error BANGKOK - IT WAS human error, not unsuitable facilities, that caused an Airbus A380 to scrape its wing tip on a hangar's gate at Bangkok's international airport, the president of Thai Airways said. The plane's left wing suffered minor damage that delayed its planned demonstration flight Saturday to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Thai Airways President Apinan Sumanaseni said Monday in a telephone interview that there was a 'miscommunication' between ground staffers when a truck was used to tow the Airbus - parked outside a hangar - before it headed for a taxiway before takeoff.
There had initially been speculation that the accident occurred because the facilities at Suvarnabhumi Airport could not accommodate an A380, the world's largest passenger jet, but Apinan dismissed the idea.
Thai Airways has ordered six A380s, which are expected to be delivered in 2010.
'The hangar was designed for the A380,' he said. 'We do not need to adjust the accommodation but will have to train the staff be more cautious when handling the plane at the hangar.'
A Singapore-based independent aviation expert, Richard Pinkham, said an incident is common in any airport.
'The tarmac of a major airport can be an almost chaotic place and an aircraft can clip the wing of another plane or run into stationary equipment anywhere.
The situation could be compounded by the airport staff not being familiar with the aircraft,' said Pinkham, Southeast Asian regional director for the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. -- AP