Kathmandu: An Indigo plane from Delhi with 182 people on board today caught fire after it landed at Kathmandu airport but no one was hurt.
All passengers and crew were safely evacuated from emergency doors soon after the ground engineers observed fire from the right brake assembly of the Airbus 320, officials and the airlines said, adding the fire was immediately brought under control.
The no-frills airline said its flight 6E031 with 175 passengers, one infant and six crew members made a normal landing this afternoon at Tribhuwan International airport. The ground engineer observed smoke and fire from the right brake assembly and advised evacuation of all passengers and crew, it said.
The airline said 171 passengers were evacuated by the flight chutes and remaining passengers and crew left the plane from the forward step ladder during the evacuation process that lasted 81 seconds.
According to a preliminary inquiry, the sparks occurred due to heavy braking during landing, which could have led to a hydraulic leak, DGCA sources said. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation will be conducting a full-fledged inquiry into the matter.
"IndiGo is in touch with the DGCA to seek permission to send another aircraft to bring back the passengers booked on the Kathmandu-Delhi flight. Subject to DGCA approval, operation of the Kathmandu-Delhi flight is expected to take place at 9 pm Kathmandu time," stated an official mail.
The Kathmandu-Delhi passengers who had arrived at the airport are being accommodated in a hotel nearby till the Kathmandu-Delhi flight is ready to depart at night.