Nepal Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur
All 70 people on board a Nepal Airlines jet escaped unhurt when the plane made an emergency landing today at Kuala Lumpur Airport due to a technical problem.
Kathmandu-bound flight RA-416 Boeing 757 returned to Kuala Lumpur 45 minutes after it took off and landed safely, said spokesperson of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Ramhari Sharma. “The aircraft is at the Kuala Lumpur Airport and all 53 people travelling in the flight are safe.”
The aircraft that was brought to Kuala Lumpur three days ago after C-check in Singapore made the emergency landing due to vibration in the fan blade of the right engine of the Boeing 757 aircraft.
C-check is a comprehensive test of each and every component of the aircraft. The two Boeings of the national flag carrier undergo C-check every 18 months.
The national flag carrier Boeing 757 – with a call sign 9N-ACB – has took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1:30pm (Malaysian time). Soon after taking off, pilot-in-charge ML Shrestha noticed vibration in the right
engine fan blade. Following the safety protocol, he immediately landed the aircraft back to Kuala Lumpur airport. The passengers were later flown to Kathmandu in a Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
NAC has already notified the aircraft maintenance company in Singapore about the technical glitch. “A technical team is arriving in Kuala Lumpur to
fix the problem,” according to the NAC that hopes the aircraft would be released by Saturday evening and will probably start regular flights from Sunday.
The Boeing was added to Nepal Airlines Corporation’s fleet in September 1988.