Nepal Airport Reopens After Plane Skids Off Runway

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's only international airport reopened Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway, forcing a halt to all flights.

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said no one was injured when the Boeing 737 operated by Malindo Air skidded into the grassy area at the end of the runway Thursday night.

All flights were canceled and thousands of passengers waited outside the terminal on Friday as authorities worked to pull out the plane.

A Malindo Air passenger plane sits after skidding to the grassy area at the end of runway in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, April 20, 2018. The Nepal's only international airport remained closed Friday after the passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway. No one was injured. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

A Malindo Air passenger plane sits after skidding to the grassy area at the end of runway in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, April 20, 2018. The Nepal's only international airport remained closed Friday after the passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway. No one was injured. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

It was finally towed safely to the hanger area, allowing the airport to resume flights at about midday.

Malindo Air, a Malaysian airline, has regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu.

An airport officer inspects a Malindo Air passenger plane after it skidded to the grassy area at the end of runway in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, April 20, 2018. The Nepal's only international airport remained closed Friday after the passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway. No one was injured. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

An airport officer inspects a Malindo Air passenger plane after it skidded to the grassy area at the end of runway in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, April 20, 2018. The Nepal's only international airport remained closed Friday after the passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway. No one was injured. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Last month, a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed at the airport while attempting to land, killing 49 people on board.

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