NAC Airbus suffers tyre burst while landing at TIA
KATHMANDU: Nepal Airlines aircraft has suffered tyre burst while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Tuesday afternoon, according to sources at TIA.
Eyewitnesses told THT Online that an Airbus 320 had a providential escape after it was landing at TIA at 12:40pm. The plane which arrived from the Indira Gandhi International Airport suffered a minor damage after the major landing gear was detached, they added.
The aircraft piloted by Captain Vijay Lama and co-pilot Sanjay Poudel was force-landed and all 150 passengers including an infant and eight crew members were safe, the TIA sources added.
According to Captain Lama, the Air Traffic Control Tower quickly alerted him that wheel no. 2 was detached towards the runway while he was conducting a touchdown roll. “Then, we immediately halted the move and force-landed the aircraft safely,” he told THT Online.
TIA authority closed the runway following the incident for an hour. Passengers were disembarked and the runway is being cleared by towing the aircraft.
NAC has also cancelled all Airbus-sector flights to New Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Mumbai until further notice. “The national flag carrier is trying to reschedule few flights as it has now only one Boeing-757 for international operations.”
Confirming the incident, NAC’s spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma told THT Online that he was trying to get details.
KATHMANDU: Nepal Airlines aircraft has suffered tyre burst while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, according to sources at TIA.
The Airbus 320 was landing at TIA while the incident occurred. Passengers are being disembarked and the runway is being cleared by towing the aircraft.
Details to follow.