Date: December 11, 1998
Time: 19:10
Location: Near Surat Thani, Thailand
Operator: Thai Airways
Flight #: 261
Route: Bangkok - Surat Thani
AC Type: Airbus A-310-204
Registration: HS-TIA
cn / ln: 415
Aboard: 146   (passengers:132  crew:14)
Fatalities: 102   (passengers:91  crew:11)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane crashed 2 miles southwest of Surat Thani Airport. The accident occurred in poor visibility and heavy rain. After a third landing attempt, the plane could not gain altitude and crashed into a paddy field. First reports suggest the aircraft stalled and pancaked into the ground tail first. Spatial disorientation when the nose pitched up sharply during a nighttime approach in stormy weather.

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