Airline Workers Black Out Logos After Plane Accident

Thai Airways was trying to protect image, accomplished the opposite

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 9, 2013 1:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Thai Airways plane skidded off the runway during landing last night, but you wouldn't know it was a Thai Airways plane from pictures taken after the accident. Airline workers painted over the logos on both the tail and body of the aircraft, a "crisis communication rule" supposedly recommended by Star Alliance, a global airline network to which Thai Airways belongs. But the alliance denies that claim to CNN, and Thai Airways clarified in a statement: "Though Thai generally practices the de-identifying of an aircraft after an incident ... the company also clarifies that this is not a Star Alliance policy." Thirteen people received minor injuries during the evacuation after the landing gear malfunction.

A Thai Airways passenger plane takes off over a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
A Thai Airways passenger plane takes off over a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
An airport worker drives a cart past a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
An airport worker drives a cart past a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
A damaged head section of a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 is seen with the Thai Airways logo above windows blacked out at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
A damaged head section of a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 is seen with the Thai Airways logo above windows blacked out at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
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