Turkish Airlines Plane Crash Lands In Nepal
Danger was averted when a Turkish Airlines plane carrying 238 passengers crash landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Mirror reported.
The dramatic incident was shot by one of those on board the aircraft. The passengers are seen frightened and running for safe shelter after the plane, an Airbus A330, suffered through a malfunctioned landing gear, which resulted to the forced crash.
Officials confirmed there were no serious injuries beyond minor bumps and bruises due to the accident.
The plane was flying from Istanbul, Turkey, before it skidded off the runway in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, in the early hours of morning.
Landing had been difficult because of two consecutive days of rain, which made the runway slippery. Moreover, dense fog prevailed at that time, making matters worse.
The plane remained stuck in the grass near the runway, and the front of the aircraft was damaged.
During its seven-hour travel from Istanbul, the flight circled in the sky for 30 minutes before attempting to land.
One of the passengers said, “The plane couldn’t land because of bad weather, and we circled round and round in the sky.”
“The pilot told us we would have to wait for between 30 to 60 minutes and after half an hour he attempted what felt like a really forceful landing. All I heard was a big bang and crying and screaming – and very quickly the emergency exits were opened.”
The Turkish airline, in an official statement, confirmed that “All of our passengers and crew have been safely evacuated and taken to the terminal.”
The statement further said that the crew will perform a technical examination that should determine the reason behind the incident.