Published on : Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Bhutan Airlines flight which was scheduled to land at Nepal’s only international airport when the captain spied a goat and opted to go-around!
After the round, the Airbus A319-100 ascended out of the narrow valley and entered the holding pattern while airport personnel rushed to capture the goat. The area was cleared for landing once again.
A 70-minute journey with 68 passengers and 8 crew on board, the aircraft was enroute to Nepal from Paro in Bhutan. It eventually landed successfully 40 minutes after the first attempt.
Kathmandu International Airport is served by major operators such as Qatar Airways, Etihad and Singapore Airlines and is the main gateway into Nepal.
It is thought that the goat had escaped from the army battalion responsible for airport security into Tribhuvan International Airport. The investigation is ongoing; however, it is not the first time that errant animals have caused havoc at the airport.
Kathmandu International Airport has also been disrupted by dogs, monkeys, rats, cats and even cows and buffaloes. With repeated incidents of bird strikes, the airport was criticised for its lack of wildlife management experts. The TIA now has a five-member hunter squad being active round the clock only at the airside areas confirmed one of the airport officials.