Malindo plane skids off runway in Nepal

Malindo flight skids off runway in Nepal, no casualties (VIDEO)

Kathmandu: A Malaysian jet carrying 139 people aborted its take-off and skidded into the mud at Kathmandu airport on Thursday, shutting operations for more than 12 hours until the plane was moved.

Nepal's only worldwide airport reopened on Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway, forcing a halt to all flights.

The Malindo Air flight's runway excursion had forced TIA to halt all worldwide flights.

Air traffic at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu was disrupted for 12 hours because of the incident.

There were 139 people, including four crew members, on board the aircraft, Boeing 737-900.

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Tribhuvan International Airport, the sole airport handling international flights from and to Nepal, says it will resume flight operations from 11:30 am today, nearly 12 hours after it closed the functioning. "We were supposed to take-off on Thursday but couldn't because of the Malaysia flight", she told AFP.

"They deplaned us around 2:30 am and it was pure chaos".

In March, a plane of the privately owned US-Bangla Airlines from Bangladesh crashed at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, killing over 51 people besides injuring many.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines aircraft also suffered a runway excursion during landing at TIA that had closed the country's sole worldwide airport for four days creating chaos among travellers.

Nepal has a poor air safety record.



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