The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has restricted takeoff and landing weight for all international airlines flying widebodies to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to 196 metric tons (432,102 pounds) through September 30. The decision is a result of safety concerns following repeated cracks on the 46-year-old runway.
A Sita Air Dornier Do-228 19-seat turboprop crashed on September 28 just after takeoff from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (VNKT) in Nepal. All 16 passengers and three crewmembers perished in the accident. A Sita Air spokesman told local media that the aircraft caught fire after a bird strike thought to involve a large vulture and crashed on the nearby banks of the Manohara River. This is the second fatal crash of a Do228 in Nepal in 2012.