Story Text: A pilot died and at least nine foreign passengers were injured on Tuesday (August 4) when a commercial plane slid off a runway into a disused control tower on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui, hospital and aviation officials said.
The Bangkok Airways PG266 plane flying from the southern Thai resort of Krabi left the runway while landing in heavy rain.
Hospital officials said nine foreign tourists -- from The Netherlands, Britain, France, Denmark and Switzerland -- were among those hurt but none were seriously injured.
The plane was carrying 68 passengers most of which were foreigners, and four crew members.
Television footage showed minor damage to the front of the twin turboprop plane.
The cause of plane clash is still under investigation.
Koh Samui, 700 km (435 miles) south of Bangkok, is Thailand's third-biggest island and one of the country's most popular holiday destinations.
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