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One Dead as Plane Crashes on Thai Resort Island

At least one person has been killed and 37 others injured when a Bangkok Airways plane crashed at an airport at a resort island in Thailand Tuesday, aviation officials said.

The plane carrying 68 people and four crew members skidded and then crashed after landing at Koh Samui airport, officials with the civil aviation department said.

The ATR-72 turboprop had taken off from the town of Krabi on the west coast Thailand for its trip to the resort island of Koh Samui, CNN reports.

"I can confirm that there was just an incident with our aircraft from Krabi to Samui that landed and skidded off the runway," said Nandhika Varavan, a spokesman for Bangkok Airways, Telegraph.co.uk reports.

Sakchai Jorpalit, district chief of the Thai tourist island, told AFP news agency that some of the injured suffered from broken legs.

"All have been evacuated and hospitalised," he said.

"The plane just pinched the control tower but there was no fire," he said.

Bangkok Airways flies three times a week between the two tourist spots using 70-seater Turboflot aircraft, an official said.

The runway at Samui airport runway was closed after the accident and at least one Thai Airways flight was cancelled, Aljazeera.net reports.

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