Nepal's airport shut after Malaysian plane skids off runway

Nepal's airport shut after Malaysian plane skids off runway

All flights have been cancelled since the accident with thousands of passengers waiting outside the terminal.

The jet skidded to a halt on grassland and came to a stop in mud about 100 feet (30 metres) from the runway.

It was not known how long Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal's sole global air gateway, would be closed.

Nepals only global airport has been closed after a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight with 139 people on board skidded off the runway while attempting to take off, officials said.

The cause of the problem was not immediately known. However, the aircraft has not suffered any damage but the front tyre has been stuck in the mud.

Its only worldwide airport struggles with surges in passengers and flights, and faces constant congestion and air traffic. Officials were trying to tow the aircraft. He further informed that the airport runway did not suffer any damage during the incident and all global flights have resumed. "We were supposed to take-off on Thursday but couldn't because of the Malaysia flight", she told AFP.

"Around 2:00 am the flight attendant informed us the other flight had slipped off the runway and was stuck in the mud and could not be moved".

Cars eventually took the passengers to hotels to wait for a rescheduled flight, she said.

Last month, a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed at the airport while attempting to land, killing 49 people on board.

In 2015, a Turkish Airlines plane also suffered a runway excursion during landing, closing the airport for four days, creating chaos among travellers.

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