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Mar 8, 2015

05:49:24 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Asia - Nepal

EDIS Number: VI-20150304-47192-NPL

Date / time: 04/03/2015 05:49:36 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Asia

Country: Nepal

State/County: Capital City

Location: Katmandu [Tribhuvan International Airport]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A Turkish Airlines aircraft skidded to safety Wednesday morning after low visibility forced the plane to circle Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport for nearly two hours before the Airbus A33 crash landed on a grassy field between the runway and taxiway. All 224 of the passengers aboard Flight TK-726 from Istanbul escaped the near-disaster unharmed even though the plane's front landing gear collapsed when the jetliner touched down at roughly 7:45 a.m., Nepalese news service E-Kantipur reported. Air traffic controllers blamed the accident on the foggy weather conditions that made the central runway difficult to see, the publication noted. The plane rotated at altitudes of 21,000 feet and lower above the mountainous terrain near the airport for an hour and 45 minutes before attempting to land, according to an illustration of the flight's history by flight-tracking database Flightradar24. After passengers made it off the flight safely, many of them began posting pictures of the downed plane in the field on social media. "[W]e r ok...just happy to have survived this deadly accident," one rider wrote on Facebook. "I salute the captain for whatever he did. We all survived and that's all that matters."

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 1 on 08.03.2015 at 05:48:57.

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