Nepal Airlines flight overshoots TIA runway

KATHMANDU: Nepal Airlines flight from Bangalore, India overshot the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport last night after the country’s sole international airport witnessed power outage on the runway.

According to a source at TIA, the lights went off at around 9:00pm when a Boeing 757 flight was making a final approach on the runway.

“The flight, which had been cleared for landing, overshot the runway after the captain in command noticed electrical outage during the short final phase of his landing,” the source added.

The Aeronautical Information Publication - Nepal, however, specifies that the automatic stand-by backup generator would kick in within seven seconds for TIA when primary power supply went out on the airfield.

Interestingly, TIA which installed a Rs 2-crore worth 1000 KVA diesel back-up generator right beside the control tower and adjoining the airline operations building has been more of a burden for the users for long as it generates loud noise, according to stakeholders.