Nepal | July 12, 2020

Laser emitters target Nepal Airlines plane at TIA

Rajan Pokhrel
Share Now:

KATHMANDU:  The country’s sole international airport has faced the first instance of lasers aimed at one of the Nepal Airlines aircraft when the NAC pilots were conducting a final approach to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

According to an official at the air traffic control tower, green lasers targeted the 9N-AKW flight from the vicinity of Koteshwor-Jadibuti area on Friday evening.

The incident occurred when an Airbus 320 returning from Bangkok with 142 passengers on board was preparing to land at the TIA at around 7:30 pm, he said. “It’s the first reported instance of lasers aimed at aircraft at TIA,” the senior ATC officer added.

The narrow-body jet was piloted by Captain Deepu Raj Jwarchan when the laser pointers were directed at NAC’s plane, a source at the national flag carrier claimed.

Pilots considered the incident as a serious risk to air safety saying that the laser beams could cause temporary loss of vision. Pointing a laser at an aircraft could result into a momentary flash-blindness induced incapacitation of the flight crew while performing critical manoeuvres such as landings and take-offs where visual acuity is essential and could endanger the safety of flight, NAC’s Senior Captain Vijay Lama said.

Laser emitters pose a significant threat to civil aviation safety and security as they may force pilots to abort landings/take-offs, degrade pilot‘s performance, crew coordination and air traffic control service provision, according to a document prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The UN aviation agency also suggests that adequate steps shall be taken to prevent emission of laser beams from adversely affecting flight.

Most of the ICAO Contracting States also consider taking legal action against offenders under the criminal law to minimise the threat posed by intentional laser illumination.

The issue has already been taken up to the TIA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, according to the Senior Captain.

“They should take this matter seriously,” he said adding that the aviation authorities must make aware the general public about the hazards to aircraft and the criminal liabilities involved for endangering flight safety.

Though Captain Jwarchan officially informed the authorities concerned about the incident, CAAN’s Deputy Director General Devendra KC, however, expressed his unawareness.

“I have no idea about such incident,” the CAAN’s spokesperson told this daily.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Bollywood actor Abhay Deol feels nepotism is just tip of the iceberg, it's prevalent everywhere

KATHMANDU: Bollywood actor Abhay Deol feels that nepotism is prevalent everywhere including politics, business and films and it is just the tip of the iceberg. Abhay, who made Bollywood debut with Socha Na Tha under his uncle and actor Dharmendra Deol's Banner Vijayta Films, took to Instagram t Read More...

Five including four doctors arrested for illegal kidney transplantation in Chitwan

CHITWAN: Five persons have been arrested on the charge of facilitating illegal kidney transplantation in Chitwan. Four doctors from Chitwan College of Medical Sciences (Old Medical College) and an employee of District Administration Office have been taken into police custody. They were arreste Read More...

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

KATHMANDU: Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for the coronavirus infection. The senior Bollywood actor confirmed this through a tweet, on Saturday night. Taking to Twitter, he shared that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has shifted to the hospital. Bachchan further s Read More...

Sterling scores hat-trick as City hit Brighton for five

BRIGHTON: Raheem Sterling struck a hat-trick as Manchester City crushed Brighton 5-0 at the AmEx Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. Second-placed City had lost their previous three away games but never looked likely to extend that streak against a Brighton side that struggled fro Read More...

La Liga, Barcelona

Sloppy Barca grind out win over Valladolid to stay on Real's heels

VALLADOLID: Lionel Messi notched a 20th assist of the season to help a lacklustre Barcelona secure a 1-0 win away to Real Valladolid on Saturday, maintaining the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal struck the only goal of the game in the 15th minute, fir Read More...

NCP Standing Committee divided on one-on-one talks

Kathmandu, July 11 Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Asta Laxmi Shakya said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli should have used his address to the nation yesterday to calm down youths protesting in the street in his support. “I was expecting the PM to say that our party had won people’s Read More...

Security Printing Bill registered in National Assembly stipulates reliable service

KATHMANDU, JULY 11 The Security Printing Bill registered by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the National Assembly on July 8 stipulates the provision of a security printing centre. As per the bill, the centre shall be an autonomous body. The functions, duties and p Read More...

Population management government priority, says Health Minister Dhakal

KATHMANDU, JULY 11 Minister of Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal said the government has prioritised management of population for the country’s development. Delivering a message on the occasion of the 25th World Population Day today, Minister Dhakal claimed that Nepal had made progres Read More...