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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA

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KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.

The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.

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The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.

The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.

Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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