Air Asia plane grounded in Kathmandu, second time in less than two weeks

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12 May 2015 10:50 PM AEST: An Air Asia plane was grounded at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, May 10, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

The plane remained grounded since Sunday due to ‘problems in landing gear’, vernacular daily Annapurna Post said.

The plane had apparently arrived from Malaysia on Sunday but its flight back was cancelled as the landing gear was ‘jammed’. The airlines provided the passengers accommodation at Hotel Shangrila, a local five star hotel in the quake-ravaged capital city. They were flown after a plane was brought in from Malaysia.

The newspaper quoted the Director General of the only international airport in the country, Birendra Shrestha, who said a technical team was due to arrive from Malaysia to fix the problem in the landing gear.

Another plane belonging to Air Asia was also grounded a week ago, the report claimed. The passengers then were also put in a hotel and flown the next day.

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