PHUKET: The engine on the ultralight flying boat that crashed in the sea near Rawai on Wednesday, killing its pilot, didnít explode, says an expat who took part in the recovery effort.

ďThere were no signs of explosive damage to the engine,Ē Singaporean Marshall Ong told the Phuket Gazette.

Mr Ong saw the engine when he entered the water to turn it off.