Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Turkish Airlines Veers Off Runway

A Turkish Airlines jetliner veered off the runway in Nepal on Wednesday morning with no injuries to passengers or crew, or damage to the body of the plane, according to civil-aviation officials.

Flight TK726 was on its way to Katmandu, Nepal’s capital, from Istanbul carrying 227 passengers and 11 crew members when one of its wheels left the runway and hit a grassy area while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, according to Purna Chudal, an official at the airport. All the passengers and the crew members are safe, he said.

It was the latest in a string of incidents across Asia in recent years as air travel has expanded rapidly alongside surging tourism, raising safety concerns.

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