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The Airports Authority of Thailand board concluded after a meeting that it may have been a bomb, given information it had so far, a source said.
And if it was a bombing, the most likely target was the prime minister. A high-ranking aviation source said the ensuing blaze was also too hot and fierce to be a normal onboard fire.
It had gutted the plane, which broke in half in just 40 minutes. This ruled out an accidental fire. Air force chief-of-staff ACM Kongsak Wanthana, who is heading the investigation, said all possibilities would be taken for consideration, including sabotage.
The prime minister, his son Panthongthae, and other relatives, were among the passengers who were due to board the Boeing jet, which blew up on the boarding apron at Don Muang Airport about 2.
A steward, identified as Kampol Meelarp, was killed and seven other air crew and ground staff were injured. Two of them were admitted to Vibhavadi General Hospital and the others sent home after treatment. The crew were preparing flight TG for a 3. Mr Kampol, the only fatality, was preparing the front section of the plane.
Mr Thaksin was still on the expressway, en route to the airport, when the plane blew up. He, his son and some relatives were on their way to Chiang Mai, where he was to attend a meeting today.
They were later taken to their destination in an air force plane which would bring them back today. Thai Airways president Pisit Kulsalasaiwanond said there was "a loud noise that sounded like an explosion" before the fire started.
We do not rule out any possible cause, but we don't want to speculate," he said. All luggage had been loaded on the plane after being X-rayed, he said. An X-ray machine at the domestic terminal had been out of operation early yesterday, but it had been fixed before the luggage was loaded, he said.
The plane had flown in from Phitsanulok and was to fly on to Chiang Mai. Chusak Bhachaiyudh, executive vice president technical, said if the engines had not started it was impossible for the explosion to be caused by an internal malfunction. Workers had finished refueling the plane shortly before the blast occurred.
The fuel tanks, located in the plane's wings, were intact, he said, indicating that burning fuel was not the cause of the explosion.
Thai Rak Thai party spokesman Suranan Vejjajiva said the prime minister's bodyguards, who were at the terminal, heard "a big bang" and saw the plane going up in flames. Other witnesses, however, said they heard two explosions in succession.
Mr Thaksin said he was not worried about the incident, but his security personnel have curtailed his movements. He urged people not to jump to conclusions over the cause of the fire, but said special measures were being taken for his safety.
Security has been increased and I cannot go anywhere I want," he said.
Aviation authorities cut off power at the domestic terminal and diverted all incoming flights to an airport in nearby Chon Buri province before resuming normal operations three hours later. International flights were not affected. The plane was insured for 2.
Still, it was still too early to be sure the bomb targeted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the minister said. The blast Saturday ripped through the floor and ceiling of the Thai Airways Boeing and left a big hole in the tarmac of Bangkok airport, Defense Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh told a press conference.
The plane exploded into flames near a boarding gate 35 minutes before Thaksin and other passengers were due to fly from Bangkok to the northern city of Chiang Mai.
One cabin crew member was killed and seven other airline staff injured. No passengers had boarded the plane when the bomb went off.
A bomb which gutted a Thai Airways jet that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was about to board contained a military grade plastic explosive, according to investigators.
Defence Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said "international terrorists" could have been behind the blast which killed one person.
But he added that it was too early to say whether Mr Thaksin was the target. Investigators had established the blast was caused by a plastic explosive known as C-4 and was probably the work of highly trained experts. C-4 has almost no odour, is easy to mould and difficult to detect by X-ray.Thailand's culture can be weird, interesting and endearing.
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