In a tragic event, a small plane crashed near the Huay Yai Temple in Pattaya, Thailand, on January 13. The crash resulted in the death of Austrian pilot Stefan Molnar and severe injuries to German passenger Christian Leonardo Schuf. The plane, a white EK Air model registered as U-H77, hit a large tamarind tree before crashing to the ground, causing extensive damage to the aircraft.
A local cattle herder named Mr. Sommit had a close call as he narrowly avoided being hit by a large box that fell from the plane just before it crashed. Mr. Sommit, along with other nearby residents, courageously rushed to the scene to assist the traumatized passenger amidst the burning wreckage.
The German passenger, Christian Leonardo Schuf, suffered a fractured ankle with protruding bones and was in a state of shock after the accident. Paramedics arrived quickly and provided immediate medical attention to Mr. Schuf. He was then transported urgently to Wat Yannasangwararam Hospital for further treatment.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has launched a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the crash and gather details about the flight. The specific cargo carried by the aircraft has not yet been disclosed, but authorities are examining all potential factors that may have contributed to the tragic incident.
It is worth noting that this is the second airplane crash in Pattaya within a month. The previous crash occurred on January 4 and involved a Cessna 172, resulting in injuries to four people when it struck a house. These recurring incidents have raised concerns about aviation safety in the region, and authorities are under pressure to ensure that such tragedies do not happen again.
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