June 6: A Dhangadhi-bound aircraft of Shree Airlines returned to Kathmandu owing to some technical issues after flying some 50 miles on Tuesday morning.
According to Teknath Sitaula, spokesperson for the Tribhuvan International Airport, the aircraft carrying 72 passengers on board experienced problems in the pressurization system. “The pilots flew back to Kathmandu after getting signals from the system about the problem,” Sitaula told the state-owned RSS.
The aircraft landed safely in Kathmandu. Spokesperson Sitaula shared that another aircraft was flown to Dhangadhi at 10:30 am in place of the aircraft experiencing technical issue.
The pressurization system are comprised of a balance between providing sufficient oxygen levels to those onboard while placing minimal stress on the aircraft's structure.
The problematic aircraft had taken off from the domestic airport of Kathmandu at 8:30 am. Manager of Shree Airlines, Anil Manandhar, shared that the aircraft was brought to operation after fixing the technical glitch.
This is not the first time that Shree Airlines made emergency landing. The company has had frequent technical problems of late.
On May 8, a Shree Airlines aircraft en route to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa flew back to the Bhairahawa airport due to technical issues during the flight.
The 80-seater S-8 aircraft with flight number SHA 822 had to return back and make an emergency landing due to the technical issue. The aircraft took off from the Gautam Buddha Airport at around 9:40 am flew 20 miles when the crew members noticed the problem.
According to Spokesperson of Tribhuvan International Airport, Teknath Niraula, there was an issue with the landing gear of the craft.
Prior to that, a Shree Airlines plane flying from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa made an emergency landing back in Kathmandu on May 9 after one of its engines caught fire.
Following the incident, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) directed Shree Airlines to ground all the aircraft of the company until security checks of the engines. The company was later cleared to fly following the inspection.
Nepali airline companies have been often blamed for using second-hand or even worst condition plane after overhauling the engines and other spare parts. Air accidents is also frequent in Nepal, especially during the monsoon when the weather is unpredictable. The European Union has banned Nepali airline companies from flying in its air space citing safety concern. (With inputs from RSS)