Katmandu airport reopens after plane skids off runway

People look at a Malindo Air aircraft that skidded off the runway during take off at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Reuters)
Updated 20 April 2018
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Katmandu airport reopens after plane skids off runway

KATMANDU: Nepal’s only international airport reopened Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway, forcing a halt to all flights.
Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu said no one was injured when the Boeing 737 operated by Malindo Air skidded into the grassy area at the end of the runway Thursday night.
All flights were canceled and thousands of passengers waited outside the terminal on Friday as authorities worked to pull out the plane.
It was finally towed safely to the hanger area, allowing the airport to resume flights at about midday.
Malindo Air, a Malaysian airline, has regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Katmandu.
Last month, a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed at the airport while attempting to land, killing 49 people on board.


Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

Updated 10 min 29 sec ago
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Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

  • Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traffic will be imposed depending on the air quality

NEW DELHI, India: Delhi’s biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world’s most polluted cities came into force, Indian officials said.
Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traffic will be imposed depending on the air quality in the megacity of some 20 million people.
When the air is classed as “poor,” as it was on Monday, authorities will ban the burning of garbage in landfills as well as fire crackers and certain construction activities.
When the air is “very poor” diesel generators will be halted, parking fees hiked and more public transport provided. “Severe” measures include closing brick kilns.
When it reaches “severe+,” a new category, authorities will stop the entry of trucks except those with essential goods and regulate the number of cars on the road.
The Badarpur thermal plant was due to permanently close on Monday because of its high contribution to pollution in the city.
Smog spikes during winter in Delhi, when air quality often eclipses the World Health Organization’s safe levels.
Cooler air traps pollutants — such as from vehicles, building sites and farmers burning crops in regions outside the Indian capital — close to the ground.
Authorities in the sprawling city attempted to implement similar measures last winter but to little avail.
This is partly because authorities are powerless to prevent some sources of pollution.
“Our aim is to stop the air quality from deteriorating further though certain factors are out of our control such as crop burning, wind speed and lack of public transportation,” environment authority official Bhure Lal said.