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Plane skids off runway during takeoff, Kathmandu airport shut

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said no one was injured when a Boeing 737 operated by Malindo Air skidded to the grassy area at the end of the runway Thursday night. Attempts were being made to pull out the aircraft.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2018 10:49 IST
AP, Kathmandu
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People gather near an aircraft belonging to Malindo Air that skidded off the runway during take off last night at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.(Reuters Photo)

Nepal’s only international airport remained closed Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway.

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said no one was injured when a Boeing 737 operated by Malindo Air skidded to the grassy area at the end of the runway Thursday night. Attempts were being made to pull out the aircraft.

All flights have been cancelled since the accident with thousands of passengers waiting outside the terminal. It was not clear when flights would resume.

Officials check an aircraft belonging to Malindo Air that skidded off the runway. (Reuters Photo)

Malindo Air, a Malaysian airline, has regular flights linking Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu.

All flights were cancelled since the accident at the Nepal airport. (Reuters Photo)

Last month, a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed at the airport while attempting to land, killing 49 people on board.

First Published: Apr 20, 2018 10:17 IST