One Swede dead, one missing after Thai plane crash

One Swede was among the 89 people killed in a Thai plane crash on the southern resort island of Phuket at the weekend, the Swedish foreign ministry said on Monday.

“Four Swedes were on the passenger list. Two of them are fine with minor injuries. One is dead and identified. One is still missing,” ministry spokeswoman Petra Hansson told AFP.

The dead man and the missing person were both in their 20s, she said.

The MD-82 aircraft, operated by low-cost carrier One-Two-Go and carrying 123 mostly foreign passengers and seven crew, skidded off the runway and burst into flames Sunday after attempting to land in driving rain and heavy winds.

A total of 89 people were killed in the accident, according to the airport’s director. Forty-one people survived, including 15 Thais and 26 foreigners.

Among the dead were passengers from Australia, Britain, France, Iran, Israel and the United States.

Two further Swedes, Erik Nihlén and Christopher Marken, were among the survivors. Both men escaped with minor injuries.

“People were in shock and just babbling. It was chaos,” Nihlén told Svenska Dagbladet.