Date & Time: Apr 15, 1985 at 2329 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Bangkok - Phuket
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful flight from Bangkok, the crew started the descent to Phuket Airport by night and good weather conditions. Four minutes after being cleared to descend to 3,000 feet, the pilot reported that he was unable to receive the DME signal. ATC asked the crew if he wanted to conduct a VOR approach to runway 09 but the captain preferred to attempt a visual approach to runway 27. On final, the aircraft struck a hill (800 feet high) and crashed about 18 km short of runway. The aircraft was destroyed and all 11 occupants were killed.
Decision of the crew to continue the approach below MDA until the aircraft struck the ground.