Malaysia Airlines confirms Kathmandu flight hit by birds

Malaysia Airlines confirms Kathmandu flight hit by birds

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia Airlines confirmed that its flight MH114 from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu on March 21 was hit by a flock of birds during approach at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

"Upon landing, the aircraft was inspected by the engineer on duty. It was found that the aircraft's landing light lens cover was broken.

"The aircraft was grounded for the night and the broken lens was subsequently replaced," it said in a statement.

MAS also clarified that the incident did not cause the windshield to break as was reported.

It was reported that the plane, on a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur with 180 passengers and crew members on board, escaped disaster while landing at the airport on Friday night.

According to the Kathmandu Post, the airline's cockpit crew did not immediately inform the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) about the incident.

The flight captain later confirmed the "suspected bird-hit", but only after a Jet Airways crew reported it to the airport authority.

The airline cancelled a return flight to Kuala Lumpur that was scheduled at 11.00pm Friday.

All passengers who were booked on the flight were subsequently transferred to Soaltee, Annapurna and Hyatt Regency hotels.

The plane took off for the Malaysian capital at 3.30pm Saturday after necessary repairs.

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