Bangkokpost.com is reporting that a wheel fell off a Nok Air 737-800 after the aircraft landed at Mae Fah Luang airport in Chiang Rai. There were no reports of any injuries.
Link to the story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/352576/wheel-falls-off-nok-air-plane-landing-in-chiang-rai-all-passengers-safe.
For a region that pays so little attention to rules and regulations, it is surprising (and good of course) that there are not more plane accidents. Indonesia aside, as far as I'm aware it is a pretty safe region to fly in. I mean even Lao Airlines, with all its bad press and false stories, is pretty safe.
And before anyone starts quoting air safety stats, I am aware that it's a lot safer generally speaking than other modes of transport!
#3 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738
China - Lao airlines used to have issues, but they made a big buy some years back and I heard hired French mechanics as part of the purchasing contract to work with indigenous mechanics and that made a big difference. They fly over my house on final approach every day. If they weren't so expensive...
Lao Airlines is much improved. I'm very picky about my carriers, and I have nothing but praise for this airline. We had an American pilot on my recent flight VTE-LPQ. The one you want to avoid is Lao Central Airlines.
That aircraft, registration #HS-DBE, had been operated by several airlines before Nok Air leased it in 2008.
It started out as an American Trans Air aircraft in 2001 followed by ATA Airlines, then Jet Airways and finally Nok Air. Details here in case anyone is interested: http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b737ng-32577.htm
It's probably fortunate though that the remaining nosewheel was strong enough to hold the aircraft upright because if that had snapped off as well, the nose would have hit the ground during landing which could well have lead to injuries to those onboard or worse.