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Int'l flight operations resume at Kathmandu airport from 11:35am

- SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu

Apr 20, 2018-

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) resumed international flight operations from 11:35am on Friday after a suspension of over 12 hours.  The airport shut all international flight operations at 10:30 pm on Thursday after a Kuala Lumpur-bound Malindo Air flight suffered a runway excursion following an aborted takeoff.

TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri informed that the aircraft was towed away from the grassland to the runway and kept at the parking area. He further informed that the airport runway did not suffer any damage during the incident and all international flights have resumed. At least a dozen of international flights were cancelled after the incident. 

The Boeing 737-900, registration 9M-LNJ, with 139 people including 7 crew members on board the aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 02 (Koteshwor side) . 

"The flight captain aborted takeoff at the final moment after he saw an error at the monitor inside the cockpit," said Chettri, quoting the Captain.

The flight OD181 apparantly couldn't stop because of the take-off speed and load at the final moment, and overran 50m south (Koteshwor side) from the runway threshold and rested in a grassland at around 22:08 pm (local time), Chettri said. The runway was closed following the incident. Though the aircraft has not suffered any damage, its front wheel got stuck in the mud.

The domestic flights were not affected early in the morning on Friday as they allowed to take off and land from the northern side of the runway (20), opening up 2,500 meter of 3,050 meter runway.

The cause behind the emergency that led to the aircraft to overrun has not been ascertained.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines aircraft also suffered a runway excursion during landing at TIA shutting the country's only international airport for four days and creating chaos among travellers.

Published: 20-04-2018 10:47

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