Passengers evacuated as IndiGo aircraft catches fire

Indigo Air

Passengers on board the Airbus A320 of IndiGo Air being evacuated in Kathmandu. (Photo: ANI News)

All passengers on board the Airbus A320 aircraft of IndiGo Air were successfully evacuated after fire was detected in the aircraft minutes after it landed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon.

The aircraft was carrying 175 passengers, one infant and six crew members from New Delhi.

Sources said the aircraft made a normal landing when a ground engineer saw smoke and fire emanating from the right brake assembly of the aircraft.

Passengers were evacuated by the slide-chute and fire was brought under control immediately.

Meanwhile, Indigo is sending a technical to Kathmandu to assess the situation, according to Indian news agencies.
IndiGo started flying to Kathmandu in October 2011.

A day earlier, a Twin Otter of Nepal Airlines Corporation made an emergency landing at TIA after fire was detected in its right engine.

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