Army airship in emergency landing

PATTANI – The army's trouble-plagued airship made an emergency landing in a rice field in Pattani's Yarang district late Monday morning.

The airship, operated by the 15th Infantry Division based in Nong Jik district, came to ground shortly before noon in tambon Yarang, with the crew reporting a fault in the control system, according to Khao Sod newspaper.  

Villagers said the airship appeared in the air  in the morning, then began circling. Two helicopters and a small plane then appeared to guide it to a landing. 

About 50 soldiers sealed off the landing spot. Villagers said it appeared fuel containers were being  delivered to the two crewmen.

Helicopters remained in the air and escorted the airship back to its base in Nong Jik district around 12.30pm.

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