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
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)

(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.

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Sep 10, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
This is a VERY common practice in the industry. I built 707 & 727; as well as KC-135 wings at Boeing in the '60s. It was a subject of some discussion then. I also worked for J B HUNT in the '90s. Their policy was to cover the entire cab with tarps. (You can blackout the logos, but the corporate color IS unique.) The trailer logos were blacked out.
Sep 10, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
Streisand effect...they should have googled it.
Sep 9, 2013 8:55 PM CDT
It was just and adhesive decal anyway. Thai airways changes ownership every couple years anyway. I heard this pilot of this flight was Wi To Lo's brother.