Full Service Resumes at S Reap Airport as Jet Freed

Siem Reap-Angkor Interna­tio­n­al Airport resumed full operations on Thursday after an airplane skidded off the runway Tuesday, So­ciete Concessionaire de l’Aeroport said in a statement.

“Work to remove the Vietnam Air­lines A320 aircraft, which had run off the runways, were successfully undertaken on July 6 at 23:30,” the statement read.

SCA spokesman Khek Norinda said all 50 scheduled departures and arrivals were on time Thurs­day. “It has all returned to normal,” he said.

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation is investigating what caus­ed the airplane, which was carrying 90 passengers and eight crew mem­bers, to overrun the runway and into the mud.

Airport Director Bun Ratha said ex­perts are testing the aircraft for mechanical failures.

“There doesn’t seem to be any serious problem,” he said.

Bun Ratha added that he does not think the length of the runway was a factor.

“My point of view is that the problem could come from the air traffic controllers or the pilots,” he said.

Vietnam Airlines General Ma­nager Long Mai Xuan was in Siem Reap on Wednesday for the investigation. He said the 90 passengers aboard the flight were given free car travel to Phnom Penh and the option of free flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

The managing director of leading travel agency Eurasie Travel urged the government to complete its investigation quickly and to upgrade the airport

“In another country, under rain­fall or even snow, an aircraft can land safely,” Moeung Sonn said.

A straw poll of major Siem Reap hotels Thursday morning in­­dicated that none had experienced ma­jor cancellations. A re­servation clerk at the Empress Ang­­kor Ho­tel said 80 guests due to arrive from Singapore were de­layed for two days due to the incident.

“Everything seems normal,” said Han Ngethan, concierge at the Raf­­fles Grand Hotel.

(Additional reporting by Erik Wasson)

 

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