KATHMANDU, Sept 26: An aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) that flew from New Delhi has made an emergency landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday afternoon after a smoke alarm went on at the cockpit.
TIA Spokesperson Premnath Thakur told Republica Online that the smoke alarm went on when the Airbus A320-220 with the call sign 9N-AKX was approaching for landing at an altitude of 12,500 feet.
“Following the detection, the captain asked permission for an emergency landing with the control tower,” Thakur told Republica Online, “Then, we closed the airport as a precaution. All the passengers and crew members are safe.”
Some 163 persons including crew members were onboard the aircraft.
According to him, pilot asked the permission for the emergency landing at 3:29 pm and the aircraft landed safely at 3:40 pm. The only international airport resumed its operation from 3:56 pm. He added that NAC engineers are working to detect the glitch in the aircraft.
An aircraft of Flydubai approaching for landing was diverted to Lucknow to clear the runway for the emergency landing.
Another NAC aircraft from Dubai had made an emergency landing following a mid-air technical glitch on Sunday.