Kathmandu: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the country’s civil aviation regulatory body, has decided to bar FlyDubai Nepal Country Manager and Airport Manager from entering the airport on the charge of spreading misleading news of the bird strike on flight FDZ576.
The regulatory authority has also invalidated their pass to enter the airport.
On Monday, an aircraft belonging to FlyDubai en route to Dubai from Kathmandu had reported the fire shortly after takeoff from Tribhuvan International Airport. Later, the flight proceeded to its destination as per the flight plan after it came back to normal. The flight was safely landed at Dubai International Airport, according to the FlyDubai.
Following the incident, FlyDubai claimed that the aircraft had experienced a bird strike during takeoff from Kathmandu.
Nepal’s concerned authorities, however, have expressed their concern to FlyDubai’s claim of the bird strike.
On Tuesday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, said it has not been confirmed yet that the FlyDubai airplane suffered a bird strike during its takeoff from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday night. CAAN Spokesperson Jagannath Niraula said during the airport inspection, it could not be established that the aircraft went through a bird strike.