A Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runway while landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday night had its logos blacked out by workers after the accident.
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After touching down in Bangkok at 11:20 p.m., the Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which departed from Guangzhou, China, suffered a landing gear malfunction that caused it to slide off the runway, according to the airline.
No passengers were reported injured during the actual landing, although 13 received minor injuries during the evacuation and were taken to hospital, the airline said.
After the accident, workers on a crane painted over the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft in black.
Known as the “crisis communication rule,” the practice of obscuring logos was a recommendation from Star Alliance — of which Thai Airways is a member — to protect the airline’s image, an airline official said.
“It is standard practice in the aviation industry to de-identify an aircraft which is visible to the public after a significant incident or accident,” a Thai Airways spokesperson told CNN.
“This is precisely what has been done on this occasion.”
However, in subsequent tweets, Star Alliance appeared to deny that painting over the logos complied with its policies.
“Regarding the painting over of logos on the aircraft of Thai Airways flight 679, this is not in line with Star Alliance crisis guidelines. It would appear that the official quoted was misinformed,” the tweets read.
Established in 1997, Star Alliance is a global airline network with 28 member airlines.