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Swede Charged Over ‘Bomb Threat’ On Samui Flight

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Swede Charged Over Bomb Threat On Samui Flight

A Swedish tourist has been charged after he allegedly made a “bomb threat” aboard a Bangkok Airways flight bound for Koh Samui on Tuesday afternoon, according to Thai media.

If found guilty, 42-year-old Anders Johan Christian could face 5 years behind bars and a 200,000 baht fine for misconduct under the Air Navigation Act of 2015.

Having read half a dozen Thai and English language versions of events that led to 140 passengers and crew on flight PG 145 being taken to an isolated area of the airport where EOD officers searched the plane, passengers and baggage, it’s not exactly clear what was said by the Swede.

Several accounts state the tourist told a member of the cabin crew his carry-on bag could explode if she didn’t arrange it quickly in the overhead compartment. Another version claims he was overheard speaking to a fellow passenger by a member of the flight crew.

Swede Charged Over Bomb Threat On Samui Flight

No reports state the tourist was agitated or causing a disturbance as one might think a bomber would act if he intended to blow up a plane.

My guess is neither the Swede nor the member of Bangkok Airways staff involved speak English as their first language leaving a lot of room for miscommunication.

The bomb threat alert was cancelled at 5.50pm by airport management when no explosive device was found.

Mr Christian was detained for questioning by police and denied making any bomb threats or talking about his bag exploding.

The Swedish Embassy are providing assistance while Bangkok Airways are reported to be preparing to file legal action against the tourist seeking compensation for the delayed flight.

The flight eventually took off five hour late at 6.45pm.

Photo Credit: amarintv.com / thairath.co.th



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Sept 4 & 7 Approved As Songkran Substitute Holidays

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Today the cabinet approved September 4 and 7 as substitute Songkran holidays giving us yet another four-day holiday next month.

Friday, Sept 4 and Monday, Sept 7 have now been rubber-stamped as the final two days for the cancelled Thai New Year public holidays.

With the country being shut down for so long due to the Covid-19 situation, many question the government going ahead with yet another 2 days off after months of closures.

And no, there will be no water wars taking place on the streets.



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Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

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A fire gutted 81 houses in a community in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district on Wednesday night leaving hundreds homeless.

Three people were injured and 81 home damaged, but no fatalities were reported.

Flames spread over the community at Soi Taksin 23 at around 8.30pm with firefighters taking over two hours to bring the blaze under control.

Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

An initial investigation found a total of 81 houses were affected with 72 were badly burned while the rest were partly damaged.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.



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Businesswoman Rams Cops And Cars In Late Night Drunken Fender Bender

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A businesswoman who tried to run over pedestrians, damaged several vehicles and took police for mugs while driving her Mercedes under the influence was arrested and charged on Tuesday night.

37-year-old Wishuda Vittayasinthana unsuccessfully attempted to ram pedestrians with her car near the Khae Rai Intersection in Nonthaburi province before heading south into the capital after attempts to stop her by police and locals failed.

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Attempts by members of the public who gave chase failed until she crashed into another car causing substantial damage to both vehicles and four motorbikes close to Tao Poon MRT station.

Bang Sue police were notified of the incident but by the time they arrived at the scene, the driver had already fled to Or Tor Kor Market in Chatuchak district.

When officers finally caught up with Wishuda she was sent to the hospital as she’d suffered minor injuries when she crashed her car.

Wishuda’s father told police she was stressed due to her business being embezzled out of millions of baht and had been drinking heavily before driving off.





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