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Bird strike grounds Hong Kong-bound NAC Airbus

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC)'s plane in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Photo: THT file

Kathmandu, July 7, 2016: A Nepal Airlines Airbus has been grounded after suffering a bird strike at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu this morning, officials said.

According to NAC spokesperson Ramhari Sharma, an Airbus flight hit a bird during the takeoff roll in the runway at TIA at around 10:10 am. The narrow-body jet commanded by senior captain RP Dhakal was preparing to takeoff for Hong Kong with 59 passengers and crew members onboard.

“The plane was immediately grounded after it suffered damage to its engines but all passengers and crew are safe,” an eyewitness at TIA said, adding that TIA techies were evaluating the damages.

According to officials at the commercial and flight operations department at NAC, they are planning to reschedule Hong Kong flight for later in the day once it’s another plane returns from New Delhi.

As bird-strike incidents are common at TIA, the country’s sole international airport has still been ill-equipped in terms of minimising bird-hit risk. Sources claimed that an Oman Air Boeing 738 had also suffered a bird strike on Tuesday evening while it was preparing to take off for Muscat. “The plane remained grounded after suffering a major damage to its left engine after it hit a bird while being pushed back on a taxiway” an official claimed.