High air pollution forces Phrae-bound Nok Air flight to return to Bangkok


PHRAE – A Nok Air plane has failed to land in Phrae province earlier today (January 27) due to poor visibility caused by high air pollution level, The Nation reported.

Pollution in Phrae province reached a very high level, obstructing the aircraft from landing and forcing it to head back to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, the report said.

The report further stated that PM2.5 dust particles today were found to be 564 micrograms per cubic meter in the province, while PM10 was 171 micrograms.

The particles were visible, with 191 hotspots, especially in the districts of Long, Song, and Wang Chin. Locals were urged to spray water to protect themselves.

According to Natcha Chaiyawan, Nok Air’s manager, people who wanted to take the 11.30am flight had to head to Chiang Mai or Lam Pang airports to travel by air.

“However, those passengers did not need to buy new tickets to take a new flight,” she said.

The manager further said that the aircraft operations will return to normal tomorrow (Tuesday) but warned that if the high air pollution problem will continue, “we will do as we did today.”

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at khunkrupinoy.com where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.