Malindo flight skids off runway in Nepal, no casualties


The Nepal's only global airport remained closed Friday after the passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway.

The plane skidded into grass and came to a halt in mud about 30 metres from the runway.

Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd said today Kuala Lumpur-bound flight OD181 overran the runway at Nepal's Tribuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

An aircraft belonging to Malaysia's Malindo Air had veered off the runway onto the grassland on Thursday night, thereby affecting all domestic and global flights.

"All aboard are safe", Thakur said, adding that the cause of the cockpit alert was not immediately known.

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The aircraft now has been taken to a parking bay via the runway. However, the aircraft has not suffered any damage but the front tyre has been stuck in the mud. He further informed that the airport runway did not suffer any damage during the incident and all worldwide flights have resumed.

"We were supposed to take off on Thursday but couldn't because of the Malaysia flight", she told AFP.

Thousands of travellers have waited out the terminal when flights would resume, but it is perhaps not clear.

The incident happened when the Malindo Airlines Boeing 737 skidded off the runway after its pilots detected a problem and aborted the take-off, airport authorities said.

The Himalayan country also has a poor air safety record.