Nepal Airlines aircraft makes emergency landing in Malaysia

A Boeing aircraft of the Nepal Airlines Corporation made an emergency landing today at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after encountering a technical problem. All 70 passengers and crew on board the aircraft are safe. The plane was headed for Kathmandu from Malaysia.

The state-owned company’s Boeing 757, with a call sign 9N-ACB, had left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1:30pm (Malaysian time). “Soon after taking off, pilot-in-charge ML Shrestha noticed vibration in the right 

engine fan blade,” a high-ranking NAC official told The Himalayan Times on condition of anonymity. “Following safety protocol, he immediately brought the plane back to Kuala Lumpur.”

It is not known what caused the vibration, although the plane had just returned from its regular C-check in Singapore. “In fact, it was the first commercial flight of the aircraft after the C-check,” the NAC official said.

C-check is a comprehensive test of each and every component of the aircraft. NAC’s two Boeings undergo these examinations every 18 months.