Flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) first wide-body A330 aircraft named ‘Annapurna’ has been grounded once again. The aircraft had to undergo maintenance after dent was seen on its wing.
The aircraft had flown from Delhi to Kathmandu on December 25 and the engineers found dent on the left wing while undergoing post landing check.
The flight landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on 13:55 on Tuesday.
As per officials, the plane had to fly to Bangalore after wards however after the dent was found during mechanical check and had to be dragged back to its hanger.
The dent is suspected to have occurred due to bird strike in Delhi and Airbus authority has been informed about the incident.
The aircraft was expected to be grounded till Wednesday evening but still aircraft is not released yet.
The flight to Bangalore was later conducted by another wide-body A330-243 ‘9N-ALZ’ at 4:50 pm local time stated a source at the airline.
Previously, the same aircraft had to undergo maintenance work for more than couple of weeks after the aircraft signaled issue on its braking system and avionic cargo door.
The Airbus A330-243 ‘Annapurna’ with call sign 9N-ALY is the first Wide-body introduced by NAC and carrier received it on June 28, 2018 that started its commercial operation to Doha from 1st August 2018.
Currently, the only Boeing of the airlines is also under maintenance and now the flights will be conducted only by a wide-body and 2 narrow-body aircraft creating problem in its schedule.
The airlines domestic flights have also been disturbed as most domestic aircraft are also undergoing maintenance.