Solu dwellers hit hard following airport shut down

Kangel Airport, file photo.
Kangel Airport, file photo.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-People in the lowest belt of Solukhumbu district have been hit hard with the shutdown of Kangel Airport  for three months owing to great problem with the runway with the beginning of the rainy season.

According to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal in Kathmandu, the seasonal airport has been shut down for three months beginning from June 29.

An official at the Authority told Nepal Mountain Focus  that the airport will shut down till first week of October like previous year. At present, only the Lukla Airport in the Khumbu region is in operation and large numbers of travelers are flocked towards this airport.

Earlier, the NAC was resuming its flights from Kangel Airport after Phaplu Airport in the same district was shut for blacktopping the runway.

Rural villagers in the district have been facing hard times as the road link to the capital city was also halted following heavy rain falls since a couple of week.

Copter makes emergency landing

In the meantime, a Shree Airlines helicopter heading to Kathmandu from Dolpa district has made an emergency landing in Parbat district headquarters, Kushma Bazaar, 300 kilometer far south-west of Capital Kathmandu.

The helicopter made an emergency landing at around 10:00 am on Tuesday at the Chandika Armed Police Battalion in Kushma Bazaar citing poor visibility.

As many as six people including the members of the crew were on board during emergency landing.


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