Passengers rescued from Boeing 747 after it skidded off runway

This is the moment dozens of passengers were rescued from a stranded Boeing 747 after it skidded off the runway in heavy rain.

The Jumbo Jet had descended last night (October 8) into Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, through a tropical lightning storm and monsoon downpours.

But moments after touching down flight TG 679 from Guangzhou, China, veered to the side of the tarmac and juddered as it ploughed through the grass at the side of the track.

The aircraft - carrying 97 passengers and 18 crew - ran for more than 100 metres across the grass leaving thick rain-filled ditches.

One passenger suffered a sprained ankle after the difficult landing just after 11pm local time in the Thai capital.

The Queen of the Skies remained stuck in the mud with airport staff were seen trying to tow the plane away at 3pm today (October 9).

Aviation authorities launched an investigation into the accident while the runway remained closed. The strip was cleaned up and aircraft had to use an adjacent track.

Flight Lieutenant Pratthana Pattanasirim, THAI’s director of security and flight standard division, said THAI Flight TG 679 skidded off the runway in heavy rain.