Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NAC aircraft’s tire flattens at TIA

A tire of an aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) from New Delhi got flattened while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today afternoon.
TIA sources that one rear tire of the Airbus A320 burst while it was heading to parking bay after landing. "The aircraft is stranded after the tire got flattened, we are unable to take it to the parking bay,” said an official at TIA.
The Air Traffic Control Tower quickly alerted the pilot that wheel no. 2 was detached towards the runway while he was conducting a touchdown roll. The 158-seater Airbus Lumbini was fully occupited, sources said. But all the passengers onboard the plane are safe and have been shifted to the airport terminal. The burst also caused some damage on the runway.
The country’s only international airport has been closed and all flights in and out of TIA were halted for an hour after the aircraft got stuck at runway. According to TIA Spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, all inbound and outboud flights were halted from 12:45 pm to 1:48pm.
The flight 206 onboard had 150 passengers including foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat, who was flying into Kathmandu from New Delhi.
Mahat was returning home after completing his two-day official visit to New Delhi to set the stage for visit of Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', which is slated to begin from September 15.
Meanwhile, NAC has also cancelled all Airbus-sector flights including New Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Mumbai until further notice, according to NAC’s spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma. The national flag carrier is trying to reschedule few flights as it has now only one Boeing-757 for international operations.

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