A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 has crash-landed at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport today morning at approximately 7.45am local time. The aircraft operating flight TK726 landed in between the taxiway and the runway while attempting to land in low visibility conditions.
All the passengers onboard the aircraft are reported to be ok with a few passengers requiring minor medical attention.
Pictures of the crash site show the aircraft with it’s nose wheel collapsed and the emergency slides deployed.
Update 1: The flight was being operated by TC-JOC a eight month old Airbus A330-300. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric CF6-80 engines.
The aircraft was carrying 224 passengers and 11 crew. The pilots had aborted their first approach at around 7.15am local and went around to attempt another approach. On the second approach at around 7.45 am the aircraft is believed to have touched down with one set of wheels off the runway and subsequently veered off the runway entirely.
Kathmandu Airport is currently closed to all traffic while the aircraft is not removed from the side of the runway.
— Neil Nepal (@neilpande) March 4, 2015
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— The Kathmandu Post (@kathmandupost) March 4, 2015