Indigo flight with 182 people onboard catches fire while landing in Kathmandu, no casualties

Written by Associated Press | Kathmandu | Updated: Mar 8 2014, 22:17pm hrs
Indigo flight fireAn Indigo Airbus 320 flight, with 170 passengers on board, catches fire while landing in Kathmandu airport.
An Indigo plane with 182 people, including six crew members, on board has caught fire while landing in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, but there were no casualties reported.

The right wheels of the Airbus 320 operated by budget airline Indigo caught fire during the landing and passengers were quickly evacuated through emergency doors, said Rishikesh Sharma, chief of Tribhuwan International Airport in Katmandu.

Sharma said emergency workers responded quickly to control the fire aboard the IndiGo flight. Officials were investigating the incident. The IndiGo flight originated in New Delhi.

Nepalese businessman Satish Shrestha, who was aboard the plane and regularly flies the route, said passengers were complaining of a "rubber burning-like smell'' even before the aircraft landed. Shrestha said the plane, which was arriving from New Delhi, was flying too low before landing.

Officials refused to give details, saying the incident was still being investigated.