(28 January) Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipan has insisted that terrorism was not behind the case of a burning luggage at Suvarnabhumi Airport earlier this morning.
Reports say the luggage, which belongs to a Thai passenger on a Bangkok Airway′s flight, suddenly caught fire on a conveyor belt at Suvarnabhumi, which is one of Bangkok′s two international airports.
Airport staff extinguished the fire, and the airport is now reportedly resuming normal operations.
According to Pol.Col. Phumin Singhasut, Chief of Suvarnabhumi Police Station, the luggage belongs to an agricultural instructor who is carrying Urea fertilizer to a seminar in Cambodia.
Transport Minister Chatchart also indicated that the passenger has packed phosphorous substances into the luggage to demonstrate them later to his Cambodian customers.
It is believed that the heat and the friction on the conveyor belt had caused the small blaze, he added.
“It is still fortunate that the luggage was burning before it is loaded into the plane”, said Mr. Chatchart, “this could be really dangerous if it is on fire after the plane takes off”.
Mr. Chatchart also said he firmly believes that the incident does not involve terrorism, but had instructed the police officers to carefully investigate the case.
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