A group of around 2000 mainland Chinese at Kathmandu Airport are protesting after being left stranded due to an accident involving a Turkish Airlines plane four days earlier which shut down the airport’s only runway.
According to NetEase, the passengers have been stuck at Tribhuvan International Airport, commonly known as Kathmandu Airport, since Wednesday (March 4) afternoon when an Airbus A330 from Istanbul skidded off the runway and brought operations to a halt.
During the crash the plane’s undercarriage broke away, rendering the plane nothing more than a useless hunk of metal. As the airport does not possess the heavy lifting gear necessary to remove the aircraft, they had no choice but to wait on cranes to arrive from over the border in India.
After a few days Chinese passengers became angry at the situation and began to protest, creating placards and demanding to be returned home. Chinese airlines have since said they will offer every passenger 300 yuan for each day they are delayed. The runway reopened yesterday, but all scheduled flights remained cancelled.
Over the past year incidents involving planes have become disturbingly common in Asia. Last month a TransAsia Airways plane came down in Taipei shortly after take-off, resulting in the death of 43 passengers.
By Dominic Jackson
[Images via NetEase]