The Kathmandu Post/Asia News Network
Malindo Air flight from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur suffered a runway excursion on Thursday night after an aborted takeoff at the Tribhuvan International Airport. No casualties have been reported. There were more than 130 people on board the aircraft.
The Boeing 737-900, registration 9M-LNJ, was cleared for takeoff from runway 20. "The flight captain aborted takeoff at the final moment after he saw an error at the monitor inside the cockpit," Raj Kumar Chettri, general manager of TIA said, quoting the captain.
The aircraft was unable to stop with such a take off speed and load at the final moment and overran 50m south (Koteshwor side) from the runway threshold and rested in a grassland at around 22:08 pm (local time), Chettri said. The runway was subsequently closed.
"We are trying to tow the aircraft. It will take at least four hours or by 12 p.m. to remove the aircraft, if things go as planned," said Chettri.
The domestic flights will not be affected. However, the runway has been closed down for all international aircraft. The cause for emergency has not been ascertained. In March 2015 Turkish Airlines aircraft also suffered a runway excursion during landing at TIA that had closed the country sole international airport for four days creating chaos among travellers.