KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 27
A Buddha Air aircraft safely landed in Tribhuvan International Airport after a malfunction was reportedly detected in its landing gear early on Monday.
The aircraft 9N-ANI with 73 passengers onboard including 68 adults, two children and three infants, had taken off for Biratnagar from Kathmandu, informed the airline.
According to a statement released by Buddha Air, the pilot crew of flight U4 701 spotted a bug on the landing gear during the landing procedure, which was confirmed by the control tower, prompting the captain to decide to return the flight to Kathmandu.
The jet safely landed in TIA after circling the capital skies for some time to reduce fuel use in accordance with safety requirements.
"The flight has two landing gear indicators, with the primary indication failing to show whether the landing gear has opened. The secondary signal, on the other hand, had functioned properly and indicated that the landing gear had effectively opened," the statement read.
"Following the 'Zero Tolerance in Safety' policy, the captain decided to return the plane to Kathmandu."
The Captain apparently conducted a normal landing in TIA after the Budhha Air Technical staff confirmed that the issue with the landing gear has been resolved.
The airlines apologised for the inconvenience caused to the travelers and their families. It further expressed gratitude to all TIA staff and security personnel for their preparedness.