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One person was killed and 34 others were injured, including one Israeli tourist, when a commercial plane slid off a runway into a disused control tower on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui on Tuesday, police said.

According to another Israeli tourist who was evacuated from the crash area, the plane was carrying close to 20 Israeli passengers, none of whom were injured in the accident.

The Bangkok Airways plane flying from the southern Thai resort of Krabi left the runway while landing in heavy rain.

"It hit an unmanned control tower," the island's police chief, Colonal Saharat Saksilpachai, told Reuters. "It's possible the dead person might be the pilot."