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IN PHOTOS: TIA crisis

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
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On Wednesday morning at 7:45 a Turkish Airlines Airbus had a near disaster while landing at Kathmandu Airport. But in blocking the only runway of Nepal’s only international airport, it has unleashed a real and unfolding disaster on the country.

It has been four days since the airport was shut for all international operations, more than 80,000 people have been stranded in Kathmandu and inbound airports. For a country so dependent on tourism and movement of migrant labour, the loss to the economy has been colossal.

Photos: Bikram Rai

On Thursday afternoon, an Indian Air Force C130J Hercules aircraft landed on the northern half of the blocked runway with the recovery kit. Other airlines have loaned spare wheels.

An Indian team that managed to lift the nose of the Airbus 330 jet has not been able to move the heavy widebody to clear the runway. Although the nose of the plane has been raised and rests on a truck bed, the body of the plane is resting on two under-wing airbags and the wheels in the main undercarriages have been replaced. Although the plane was moved by 2m on Saturday morning, the wingtip and tail of the plane are still blocking the runway. Crew is trying to drag the plane into the parallel taxiway and then move it to the east helipad.

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One Response to “IN PHOTOS: TIA crisis”

  1. Uday Lama on Says:

    I can’t believe Kathmandu doesn’t have heavy-lift equipment to deal with the current situation.

    It’s time to think about the future. It’s time to buy the required equipments and train people to operate them and get ready for the future. Alternative international airports are fine, but it seems their existence is way too far in the future.

    Good luck TIA.


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