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Saurya Airlines aircraft grounded after bird strike

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BIRATNAGAR — A Saurya Airlines jet has been grounded at Biratnagar airport after a bird strike on Monday.

The Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft bound for Biratnagar has suffered a damage in its two blades of its left engine after a bird strike shortly after take-off from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at around 8:45 am.

Pilot Abhishek Rai called for an emergency landing at Biratnagar airport after the jet began vibrating midway into the flight.

The aircraft with 52 people onboard including four crew members, however, landed safely at Biratnagar Airport.

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Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Spokesperson Pratab Babu Tiwari, however, said that the pilot did not inform Kathmandu tower about the strike adding a dead bird was later found on the runway after the plane took off.

A Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul was delayed by one and half hours due to increased activity of birds at TIA, according to the airport sources.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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