This is the shocking moment a driver who breached security sped along a RUNWAY into the path of a moving plane.
The Boeing 777 had just landed when the car ploughed through security gates and drove onto the tarmac at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, today (Jan 14).
Shocked staff watched as the driver careered along the runway towards the aircraft.
Panic-stricken airport security raced onto the runway to cornered the vehicle.
Footage from one of the ground staff shows the driver – who claimed to have taken a ‘wrong turn’ – being escorted off the runway.
The filmer, who did not want to be named, is heard saying: ‘I don’t know how the car made it onto the runway, The airport is such a valuable company, but they haven’t even managed to stop the car from getting into the airport. This is a safety and security breach. It’s so terrible.’
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is operated by Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT), a publicly traded company. Officials said the driver was high on methamphetamine and unknowingly drove into the airport.
Squadron Leader Suthirawat Suwanwat, Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said that after being informed of the ‘intruder’, he sent staff who ‘immediately intercepted and detained the driver to be investigated and prosecuted’.
He said the driver was identified as Prathipat Masakul, who told police he was drunk.
Tests allegedly showed that Prathipat was under the influence of drugs, which were also found in the car bonnet.
The airport boss added: ‘The accused admitted that the act was due to drunkenness and he unknowingly drove through the restricted area.’
Police detained him on suspicion of intruding into restricted areas within the airport, illegal possession of drugs and illegally consuming and driving while under the influence of methamphetamine.