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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Bijaya Dashami today
KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.
The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.
Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.
The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.
People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.
It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.
The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.