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Blocked runway at Nepal airport strands thousands of people

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Nepalese rescuers walk near a Turkish Airlines jet that skidded off a slippery runway while landing in dense fog at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
Stranded passengers wait for an update on their flights at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.


Nepal's only international airport remained closed for a second day, yesterday, forcing the cancellation of all flights to and from foreign destinations and stranding thousands of passengers.

The only runway at Kath-mandu's Tribhuvan International Airport has been partially blocked since a Turkish Airlines jet skidded off the wet surface Wednesday morning.

Airport officials said the facility will be closed until today as workers attempt to move the jet.

The nearest international airports are in neighbouring India, and

traveling there by road takes days.

no serious injuries

The runway was slippery after two days of rain and there was dense fog when the Turkish Airlines plane skidded into the grass after landing. There was some damage to the front of the Airbus 330, but no serious injuries were reported.

Nepal asked India for help, and an Indian Air Force plane flew equipment and crew to Kathmandu yesterday to move the plane.

Officials said they planned to resume international flights this morning.

March is the beginning of the tourism season, when thousands of foreigners come for trekking and to climb the Himalayan peaks.