Kathmandu: The government will conduct a
high-level probe into the collapse of a runway at Nepal`s only
international airport in the capital that forced many flights
to be diverted to New Delhi and Dhaka.
"We are setting up a high-level committee to
investigate the matter and the committee will present its
report within a week," Tourism, and Civil Aviation Minister
Man Bahadur Bishwokarma, who visited the airport for an
inspection, told reporters today.
The collapse of the runway at Tribhuvan International
Airport (TIA), situated in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley
on the outskirts of the capital, few days ago due to heavy
rain had forced the authorities to cancel flights and divert
planes to New Delhi and Dhaka on Tuesday.
The 12,000-feet runway of TIA, situated 5.5 km east
of Kathmandu, collapsed just three months after it was
Meanwhile, cargo plane of private airline Tara Air
crash landed at the Simikot airport in the remote Humla hilly
district of northern Nepal today.
The Dornier 228, which took off from Nepalgunj,
skidded off the runway while landing at Humla, according to
Tara Air officials.
Although the accident caused minor damage to the wings
of the aircraft, the three crew members, including pilot BR
Niraula, are safe.
The plane was carrying rice to the food deficit Humla