A Royal Nepal Airlines plane headed to Kathmandu from Delhi, with 160 passengers onboard, made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) Sunday evening, within half hour of take-off. The emergency landing was made after the pilot noticed a steering glitch — a wing flap malfunction — in the aircraft. All passengers were safely evacuated and no flight operation was disrupted over the incident.
According to an official, “The Royal Nepal Airlines flight number RA-218 which took off for Kathmandu from Delhi at 8 pm, sought permission for emergency landing as a wing flap failed to open. The aircraft had 160 people onboard and the pilot flashed a message to the Delhi air traffic control (ATC), following which full emergency conditions were declared at the airport.”
The Delhi ATC later declared local stand-by for the flight, which landed safely at the runway, within 32 minutes of take off. “The plane landed safely on runway 28 of IGI airport and after the safe landing, the aircraft was taken to one of the taxi bays where one of its tyres burst. Operations on runway 28 have been shut down due to the incident, but all passengers were safely evacuated,” said officials.