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Plane Crashes In Heavy Rain In Thailand

A passenger plane crashed while attempting to land at southern Thailand's Phuket airport Sunday afternoon, possibly leaving some people dead and about 20 hurt, an official said.

Local television station TITV reported there were 123 passengers on the plane, most of them foreigners.

"I believe there are people dead, but the number is still unclear," said Chaisak Angsuwan, director general of the Air Transport Authority of Thailand.

C Angsuwan told TITV that there was heavy rain when Orient Thai Airways flight OG269, traveling from Thailand's capital, Bangkok, to the popular tourist island of Phuket, attempted to make a landing.

"The visibility was poor as the pilot attempted to land. He decided to make a go-around but the plane lost balance and crashed," he said. "It was torn into two parts."

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