A private jet’s door fell off in the air moments after it took off on a flight bound for Bangkok’s Don Muang airport.
The Beechcraft Super King Air 350 twin propeller aircraft had been flying from Mae Sot in western Thailand at 4.30pm on Thursday afternoon.
Its door came loose moments after take-off – crashing to the ground and narrowly missing a Burmese gardner at the Wat Phrathatu Doi Hua Fai temple.
The plane’s pilot, Captain Prasart Inyim, then had to turn back and land. He sheepishly trudged over to the temple to ask the monks ‘can I have my door back, please?’
The aircraft, pictured above, has been owned for 19 years from new by Thailand’s oldest private charter firm the Thai Flying Service Company.
After landing back at Mae Sot, it was later parked up with a blue plastic sheet covering the place where the door fell off.
The Department of Civil Aviation Thailand are investigating why the door fell off in the air.
‘We’ve never seen anything like this happen before,’ a company spokesman told PackThailand.
‘Until the investigation is finished we won’t be able to know what caused it to happen.’