13 September 2016, Kathmandu – Nepal ‘s only International Airport in Kathmandu came to close for at least 2 hrs after Government owned Aircraft belongs to Nepal airlines got its rear side tire burst during landing in the TIA. Senior Pilot from the airlines was commanding the flight inbound from Delhi to Kathmandu this afternoon.
All flights in and out of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) were halted for few hour after a Tyre of Nepal Airlines Corporation Airbus A320 burst during landing at the airport in Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon. There were 150 passengers, including Nepal’s newly elected Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat, on-board the flight RA206 that was flying into Kathmandu from New Delhi.
Minister Mahat was returning home after completing his two-day official visit to New Delhi to set the stage for upcoming visit of Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal, which is slated to begin on Friday (September 15 ).
The flights were halted from around 12:50 pm today after the NA plane got stranded on the runway after its rear left Tyre burst. The burst also caused some damage on the runway.
All the passengers on-board the plane are safe and have been shifted to the airport terminal without any harm and ciaos.
Airport sources said they are trying to cart the jet to the parking-way from the runway.
The 158-seat plane named Lumbini was fully occupied, sources said. The jet piloted by Captain Bijay Lama was brought to Nepal from Germany on May 1, 2015.
Flights resume after one-hour
According to TIA Spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, all inbound and outbound flights were halted from 12:45 pm to 1:48pm. Meanwhile, flights resumed at the TIA after disruption for an hour following the incident.
This is not the first time that Nepal’s airport has seen such time as it was shut for 3 days last year when Turkish Airlines flight crash landed due to bad weather and TIA does not even have sufficient vehicle to move or shift ill fated aircraft out of runway. A single runway catering some 140 international and similar domestic in and out flights daily.