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Chiang Mai Governor: Stop Lanterns!


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#1 webfact

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Posted 2012-11-14 06:48:42

Stop lanterns!
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CHIANG MAI: -- Governor Thanin Supasaen has ordered 40 local administrative organisations to try to control the release of hot-air lanterns during the Loy Krathong to prevent harm and damage.

Airlines have agreed to stop flights from Chiang Mai after 6.30pm from November 27-29.

Thanin said the floating hot-air lanterns caused 30 blackouts lasting 13 hours last year. So, he had met relevant agencies to reduce risks, harm, or accidents.

Local organisations in Mae Rim, San Sai, Muang, Hang Dong and Saraphi districts have to stop locals releasing the lanterns. Or if they need to do so, they must inform the airport in advance. Revellers in other areas are allowed to release lanterns after 9.30pm.


-- The Nation 2012-11-14



#2 clockman

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Posted 2012-11-14 07:58:35

Till a plane crashes, nothing will stop these people. Third world Thainess.

#3 Ianatlarge

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Posted 2012-11-14 08:47:49

Nah, light the lanterns. Let them fly hight!
We are all going to die soon enough. Have a little fun while we are at it. As for dumb things, most people are overweight, smoke, eat fast food, and don't exercise. On the scale of risk lanterns are about 1,000,000.

#4 dave2

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Posted 2012-11-14 09:41:59

re.

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-- The Nation 2012-11-14

and the chiang mai mail !

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#5 happysanook

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:06:31

Till a plane crashes, nothing will stop these people. Third world Thainess.


No airplane is going to crash from a lantern.

#6 Larry

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:18:07

Great....and let's ban water throwing on Songkran...after all, someone may drown. And while we're at it, let's ban spicy Thai food, after all think of all those taste buds that die, and of course, pretty girls (traffic distractions), monks (they can trip over their robes!), extreme sport along the mae sai valley, elephants (too dam_n big).....what do you think this is, Chiangmai???????

#7 Mitker

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:24:59


Till a plane crashes, nothing will stop these people. Third world Thainess.


No airplane is going to crash from a lantern.


Indeed

#8 falangjim

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:29:53

How did releasing hot air balloon cause 30 black outs last year? I'm serious. I just want to know. Did they crash into power generators? Wires? Posted Image

#9 drdoom6996

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:31:17

And drive on a motorbike without a helmut. What the hell. We are all going to die sooner or later.

#10 samjaidee

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:37:00


Till a plane crashes, nothing will stop these people. Third world Thainess.


No airplane is going to crash from a lantern.


Isn't it lucky we have an expert on air safety on the forum.

#11 circusman

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:40:27

Black outs are no fun if your sitting in little room with no air con or fan.

#12 cloudhopper

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:53:51



Till a plane crashes, nothing will stop these people. Third world Thainess.


No airplane is going to crash from a lantern.


Indeed

That's only because they are stopping the flights, and prudently so because a stick of those lanterns could indeed fatally disable any size aircraft climbing out at night over the city.

#13 JeffreyWitty

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:54:23

"hot-air lanterns caused 30 blackouts lasting 13 hours"

Can anyone explain to me how this is possible? The only think I can think is that the lanterns run into the lines - but even a stay childs balloon can run into lines at any time. Are the electric lines that fragile that the slightest disturbance would cause them to.....nevermind. I know that answer, TIT.

Edited by JeffreyWitty, 2012-11-14 10:54:54.


#14 Mitker

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Posted 2012-11-14 10:55:52

Looks like we can expect lots of bright moves from this newly appointed governor.
After the great re-launch of the project of a useless new airport to complete the destruction of Chiang Mai valley, here comes the Stop Lanterns campaign.

Tourists come to CM for the festivities. Lanterns are not launched because of the visitors.
The reschedule/reduction of flights during the 2-3 days of lanterns launch would make more sense. Stopping what makes people come for doesn't.

#15 Bung

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:03:57

The lanterns are held open at the mouth by wire. Wire is conductive to electricity. If it crosses wires, Boom!

If one got sucked into a jet engine on full power while climbing out it could cause a flame out of the engine and then not enough power on one engine to continue to climb. I heard a jet suddenly reduce power the other day on take off and saw a lantern near it.

Last year I counted 18 of them littering the place up on the ten minute run to my boys school.

But who cares? Everyone buys polystyrene kratongs to throw into a river as well the spirit world is more important than the environment.

#16 ObsessiveAddict

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:06:38

I dont know why but I find this quite funny

#17 Buckaroo

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:08:04

Local organisations in Mae Rim, San Sai, Muang, Hang Dong and Saraphi districts have to stop locals releasing the lanterns. Or if they need to do so, they must inform the airport in advance. Revellers in other areas are allowed to release lanterns after 9.30pm.

What need is there for these lanterns?

#18 ricardofel

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:08:21

yeah right...and birds getting sucked into engines don't cause crashes...ignorant fools

#19 Mitker

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:13:53

"hot-air lanterns caused 30 blackouts lasting 13 hours"

Can anyone explain to me how this is possible? The only think I can think is that the lanterns run into the lines - but even a stay childs balloon can run into lines at any time. Are the electric lines that fragile that the slightest disturbance would cause them to.....nevermind. I know that answer, TIT.


I have witnessed this the former years.
When a lantern crashes into lines, its thin steel wiring tying the burner or fireworks can provoke a shortcut between phases and therefor a temporary blackout.

As for a lantern fatally damaging an aircraft, I highly doubt it. I know a couple of foreign airline pilots, they enjoy flying to CM for Loy Kratong and never cried fool.
Aircraft's engines are designed to resist an impact at any operating speed/regime with natural obstacles like large birds (gooses...) that are somewhere 20 times the weight of a lantern. Birds may not have wiring but have a skeleton. Aircraft's have been flying through groups of birds without crashing.
But yes, should a lantern accidentally be sucked in an engine, they may have a few parts needing check or even replacement.

#20 Mitker

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:19:52

yeah right...and birds getting sucked into engines don't cause crashes...ignorant fools


They may.
Like driving your car may kill you.
Not automatically. That's why we drive and why we fly.

#21 abhaya

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:31:48

IMHO these can be quite dangerous. I went to Pon Phisai to see the Naga festival and people setting these off right and left and a few "crashed and burned” into the crowds before getting airborne. The event organizers pleaded with people to stop as this would distract them from the possibility of seeing this natural phenomena but were ignored (and no we didn’t see the Naga’s balls). My main concern is that these will start wildfires, and yes this can happen.


Edited by PoorSucker, 2012-11-14 11:36:41.
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#22 PoorSucker

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:35:17

Here on Samui they release them every night at the beach, right in the fly zone to the airport.

#23 Bung

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Posted 2012-11-14 11:42:53

I have seen a few lately which look to have a type of small sky rocket attached on a delayed fuse. As it gets in the air the rocket gives the lantern a boost. ( I can't think of a better description than rocket)

I guess people will try to outdo each other and the whole festival will descend into madness in much the same way sorng kran has.



#24 alant

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Posted 2012-11-14 12:06:14

And drive on a motorbike without a helmut. What the hell. We are all going to die sooner or later.

"helmut" was that deliberate?? ya oder nein...

#25 weegee

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Posted 2012-11-14 12:09:54

yeah right...and birds getting sucked into engines don't cause crashes...ignorant fools.....


OK That's it !!!!! .....Ban all birds from flying in Thailand.....lol.





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