KATHMANDU: A Malaysian jet carrying 139 people that aborted its takeoff and skidded into mud forced Nepal’s Kathmandu airport to shut down for more than 12 hours until the plane was moved Friday.
Nobody was hurt in the incident but hundreds of passengers had flights cancelled and all incoming flights were diverted after the Malindo Airlines Boeing 737 went off the runway late Thursday.
The jet was speeding down the Tribhuvan International Airport runway when the pilots detected a problem and aborted takeoff, airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur said.
The jet skidded into grass and came to a halt in mud about 30m from the runway.
“All aboard are safe,” Thakur said, adding that the cause of the problem was not immediately known.