The Modern Ark (MA) 60 aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) resumed scheduled flights after a hiatus of nearly three weeks.
The China-made aircraft had remained grounded at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu since August 15 due to ‘hydraulic oil’ problem. Though the problem was resolved after few days, NAC had failed to bring the aircraft into operation due to unavailability pilots.
According to NAC officials, a Viatnemese pilot has started to fly the aircraft after getting accreditation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) – the aviations service regulator. “He will remain in Nepal for around two months. After that Nepali pilots will be able to fly the aircraft,” an NAC official said.
MA 60 started scheduled flight on June 25. It, however, was grounded shortly after it hit a bird while preparing to land at the Biratnagar Airport on June 29. But two days after it resumed flights, the aircraft was grounded again on July 16 after technical problem was detected in its radar system.
NAC is acquiring one more MA60 and four Harbin Y12e aircraft from China.