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TONY JONES: Crash investigators are still sifting through the charred debris of a Thai jet that
crashed on the island of Phuket yesterday. 89 people, including 55 foreigners, died when the plane
crashed and burst into planes on landing.

One Australian is among the dead and another survived. The two black box flight recorders have been
recovered - they're believed to be on the way to the United States for analysis. Our South East
Asia correspondent Karen Percy reports.

KAREN PERCY: The rain was so heavy that the pilot reportedly had difficulty seeing the runway as he
came in to land. He was attempting to take off again when the tail end of the plane hit the ground.
The aircraft skidded across the tarmac and hit trees, breaking in two. Fire also broke out inside
the plane. At least one eyewitness reported an explosion.

JOHN GERARD O'DONELL, IRISH SURVIVOR: As plane was landing you could tell it was in trouble,
because it kind of landed, came up again and the second time just smashed off the runway. Next
thing, it tumbled, and next thing I know everything's on fire.

KAREN PERCY: One hundred and thirty passengers and crew were on board One-Two-Go flight OX269 from
Bangkok. Those who survived were taken to local hospitals. As night fell, rescue teams continued
their work, hoping for survivors. But as time wore on it became a matter of retrieving the
remaining bodies.

Phuket is a popular tourist destination for Westerners, more than half of those on board were
foreigners, mostly from Europe. Though injured, 48-year-old Australian Robert Borland had a lucky
escape.

ROBERT BORLAND, AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR: Everything went black and was a big mess and we'd hit the
ground. People were screaming, there was some fire in the cabin. My clothes caught fire. My
trousers. I was able to drag myself across to the other side which is where the exit row was. A
person was able to assist me out, drag me out of the aircraft.

MURIAL ROBERTSON, ROBERT BORLAND'S MOTHER: I think I'm standing up to it fairly well at the moment.
Just desperate to get that flight, desperate to get out to Phuket and desperate to see what the
situation really is. Everybody's saying he's fine, everybody's this... I want to know for myself.

KAREN PERCY: One-Two-Go has a fleet of 13 planes and flies as many as 150,000 passengers a month.
The company says it regrets the tragedy and will compensate the victims.

Investigators have found the aircraft's black box flight recorders. They're expected to be sent to
the United States to be analysed. But it could be a week before they provide any answers. Some
families have arrive to begin formal identification of the victims, a process that could also take
some time. Karen Percy, Lateline.