Thai Airways Masks Its Own Logo for Damage Control After Plane Crash

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Apichart Weerawong / AP

A damaged jet with Thai Airways logo scribbled out sits on the runway at Sunvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

A Thai Airways jet took on the look of a censored government document Monday, after workers were sent out to the site of a plane crash to black out the airline’s logo, the Associated Press reports. The Airbus 330-300 jet was reportedly carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members from Guangzhou, China, when landing gear malfunctioned during landing in Bangkok, causing the plane to skid off the runway. According to the airline, 14 passengers sustained minor injuries during an evacuation. The accident is the airline’s second in as many weeks, according to the AP.

Thai Airways official Smud Poom-On told the AP that “blurring the logo” was an action undertaken at the recommendation of the Star Alliance, under the “crisis communication rule,” designed to protect the reputation of the airline and other members of the alliance. Other members of the alliance include major national carriers such as Lufthansa, Air China, United, US Airways, Air Canada, and others.

[The Associated Press]