Thai flight turns back mid-air due to glitch

Bangkok, Dec 30 (IANS) A Thai Airways aircraft en route from Bangkok to London returned to the Suvarnabhumi airport shortly after taking off due to a hydraulic problem Tuesday.

All 266 passengers on the flight boarded a replacement plane later, according to a Bangkok Post report.
The Thai national airline’s Airbus A340-600 plane departed from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport at 1.20 p.m.
Shortly after take-off, pilots sought permission to return to the airport as the plane faced a hydraulic problem.
Following safety protocols, pilots brought the plane back to the airport for examination.
A person, who claimed to be on the flight, tweeted a photo which he claimed was the discharge of fuel by the faulty jet on its way back to Suvarnabhumi airport.
Earlier in the day, an AirAsia flight turned back five minutes after departing from Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport after the pilots said they heard unusual sounds in the luggage compartment, media reported.
Flight FD3254 took off again later following a safety check that found nothing wrong and it landed safely in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.