Tribhuwan international airport resumes service after plane takeoff incident

20th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, April 20:  Nepal's Tribhuwan International Airport has resumed its operations Friday afternoon, which remained closed for thirteen hours after an aircraft of the Malindo Air with 139 people on board aborted its take-off and slipped off the runway on Thursday night.

The aircraft experienced runway excursion while it was preparing to take off for Malaysia at around 9:45 p.m. local time.

"The Malaysian jet to Kuala Lumpur was accelerating on the runway when pilots detected a problem and halted the takeoff. The jet slipped to a halt on grassland around 100 feet south," Airport Spokesman Prem Nath Thakur said.

Now the repair works are underway, and authorities have yet to find out the reason behind the incident, Thakur said.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, Thakur said.

Incoming flights to Kathmandu were forced to divert to Dhaka and Kolkata after Nepal's only international airport stopped its service last night following the incident.

Around 50,000 travelers were stuck at the airport following the incident.

Thursday's incident came nearly a month after a US-Bangla airlines flight crashed at the airport when it approached the runway, killing 49 people and injuring over a dozen.