Nepal News – 10 March 2015

Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog

A Turkish Airlines flight skidded after overshooting a runway amid dense fog in Nepal, forcing staff to evacuate the plane, which was carrying 224 passengers.

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.

(UPDATE: The runway has now been cleared and has re-opened)

Everest climbers to follow new route after last year’s disaster

New South Col route set by local authorities will pass through centre of Khumbu icefall, rather than follow its side, where tragedy occurred.

The new route passes through the centre of the mountain’s infamous Khumbu icefall. The new route passes through the centre of the mountain’s infamous Khumbu icefall.

The new route, set by local authorities, will deviate from that followed since the first ascent of the highest mountain in the world in 1953 and pass through the centre of the mountain’s infamous Khumbu icefall, rather than follow its left side, where the recent tragedy occurred.

 

Paragliding Pre-World Cup begins in Pokhara

POKHARA, Nepal – The Paragliding Pre-World Cup has begun in Pokhara of Kaski on Friday, for the first time in Nepal.

As many as 150 paragliding pilots from 36 nations including Nepal are participating in the weeklong event hosted by Nepal Airsports Association (NAA).

Today, the participants practiced for the main competition that will begin tomorrow, said NAA Deputy Chairperson Sovit Baniya.

A NAA technician Rabin Gurung said the pilots have taken their flights over Sarangkot, Armala, Dhikidanda and Toripani of Kaski during the practice on Friday.