Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway, passengers safe

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 12:40 IST

All 227 passengers and 11 crew members of a Turkish Airlines flight had a lucky escape when their aircraft got damaged on landing at Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.

The Airbus 330 (THY 726) on way from Istanbul to Kathmandu veered towards right on landing before coming to a halt near the fire station at Tribhuvan International Airport.

"The plane skidded uncontrollably after it touched down before coming to a halt. Some parts of the aircraft have got damaged and the plane is still disabled on the runway," said a duty officer at the airport.

He added that all passengers and crew members are safe and have been safely evacuated. Turkish Airlines officials however say that two passengers have sustained minor injuries.

All flights taking off and landing at the airport have been postponed indefinitely till the runway is cleared.

"The plane missed the runway on its first approach due to fog. As it was about to land on the second time there was fog again and the pilots had trouble making a smooth landing," said Sunil Thapa, an official with Turkish Airlines.

In December last year, a Jet Airways aircraft on way from Mumbai to Kathmandu was hit by a bird before landing. The rear part of the aircraft had caught fire, but pilots managed to land it safely and no one was injured.

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