Plane skids with 80 people on board in Nepal’s off Kathmandu airport

A domestic aircraft skidded off with 80 people on board the runway on Tuesday morning. No casualties have been reported, airport authorities confirmed.

The airline official said in a statement “The aircraft of Nepal's National carrier Shree Airlines skidded off at the taxiway of Tribhuwan International Airport at around 10:30 AM as it was taking off for Nepalgunj. "All the people on board were evacuated immediately after the incident. The aircraft with call sign 9N-ANH reported some technical glitch while taking off at the taxiway."

"The aircraft will be taken away for technical inspection and it will be back on the air once the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal gives green signal," the official added. As per the official, the left wheel of skidded aircraft has grounded down in the grassland beside the runway. Despite the incident on Tuesday morning, the airport was still operational.

Earlier in March 2018, a Dhaka to Kathmandu US-Bangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the airport, killing 51 people.

 

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