NAC faces setback as technical glitches ground two international aircraft, affecting hundreds of passengers

Published On: January 16, 2024 02:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Two of the four aircraft for international flights of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) have been grounded due to technical problems. This has affected the journey of hundreds of passengers.

Ramesh Poudel, spokesperson for the NAC, said that the flight of the Corporation's registration number 9N-ALZ A330 series wide-body aircraft had to be stopped due to a problem with the flight control sensor.

"The flight of this aircraft which was supposed to fly to Doha was stopped last night. We are making preparations to take the passengers to Doha on the flight at 7:45 PM today," he said.

A narrow body aircraft of the NAC has been sent to Israel for repair. The arrangement for this aircraft, which has been grounded in Nepal for more than a month, could not be made on time, so the NAC's international flight was reduced by two aircraft.

According to Poudel, the repair work of the aircraft which was grounded last night is continuing. "There is an effort to make it worthy of flying today," he said, "If that can be done, the scheduled flights will not be affected." The NAC now has only one wide-body and one narrow-body aircraft in an airworthy condition.

On the Doha flight, 276 passengers, who were preparing to fly from Kathmandu, had to be kept in hotels at night. Spokesperson Poudel said that they are ready to be flown today.


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