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Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Kathmandu crash-lands on runway amid dense fog

By Heather Saul

A Turkish Airlines flight skidded after overshooting a runway in dense fog in Nepal, forcing staff to evacuate all 224 passengers on board.

Officials at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport said Flight TK 726 was coming from Istanbul when the accident happened.

The Airbus 330 circled for half an hour over Nepal before making a second attempt at landing after the seven hour flight.

They say passengers sustained some minor injuries, but no-one was seriously hurt. The only international airport in Nepal remained closed Wednesday morning after the accident.

The front landing gear reportedly collapsed, causing it to nosedive on the slippery runway, The Telegraph reports.

"All of our passengers and crew have been safely evacuated and taken to the terminal," Turkish Airlines spokesman Ali Genc said in a statement. "Necessary precautions have been taken for towing the aircraft out of its current place and the relevant work on that issue have started."

Passengers evacuated the aircraft (AFP) The airline said a technical investigation is being launched into the incident in a post on its official Twitter account.

Source: Independent

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