BAD SPIRITS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAI AIRWAYS CRASH – If you are flying with Thai Airways anytime soon you may want to consider asking airline staff at the time of booking if there are any known bad spirits floating around.
Yes this all might appear to be a little unbelievable in our modern age but there are some corners of the world that remain truly superstitious and Thailand it one of them.
On September 9 2013 an Airbus A330-300 skidded off the Suvarnabhumi Airport runway; at the time it was initially reported that there was a malfunction in the landing gear – although at present the official findings of an ongoing investigation have not yet been released.
According to Thai Airways Managing Direct, Mr. Sorajak Kasevsuvn, he feels that the accident might be due to ‘bad spirits’ on the runaway and he’s not taking any chances. Mr. Kasevsuvn has ordered a major ceremony to take place in order to appease the malevolent spirits; that many believe plague the airport.
Thailand’s best selling newspaper, the Thai Rath, has given extensive coverage on the accident and the involvement of the ghosts that caused the accident and even reported that some of the spirits helped passengers during the emergency evacuation.
The idea of ghosts and bad spirits at Suvarnabhumi Airport is not a new one as it has been plagued with problems since opening. However, some people have suggested that bad spirits have little to do with Suvarnabhumi Airport’s problems but rather the fact that so much graft was involved during the construction this resulted in almost all of the work, including the vital construction methods of the runways, being sub-standard at best.
Thai Airways managing director is not alone in his assumption that bad spirits are causing problems; indeed the former Airports Authority of Thailand (AOT) director Mr. Chotisak Asapaviriya also told Thai Rath newspaper that he himself had held a number of prayer sessions with monks in order to rid the Suvarnabhumi Airport of its bad spirits; to no avail.
This might all seem bizarre but during an interview Mr. Chotisak Asapaviriya also confessed that one official, during one of the ceremonies, had broken down in a trance; it was later claimed that he had been taken over by a ghost who demanded that an expensive shrine was quickly erected in order to avert future problems.
Since the construction of Suvarnabhumi Airport no less than 8 shrines have been built around the airport in order to ward off evil or unhappy spirits. The shrines are in addition to the condominium block that was specifically built for the spirits to live in order to give them somewhere to live and keep them from getting angry.
A scientist, who once headed Thailand’s Meteorological Department, told reporters that he had attended so many ceremonies to appease the spirits that he had lost count.
Suvarnabhumi Airport was built on a swamp which has earned it its nickname by many foreign expatriates as ‘Swampi’.
So far this year Thailand has been subjected to a number of transportation accidents where dozens of tourist buses have crashed, multiple speedboat accidents have occured and over six train derailments have been reported.
Such is the deep belief within Thailand of spirits the Transport Minister, Chatchart Sitthipan, has ordered a plan to organize a number of merit-making ceremonies in order to appease the spirits.
Spirits or not a full investigate over the Thai Airways crash on September 9 is still in the process and it is expected to be some time before the official report is make available to the public.