Summit Air’s LET L410 with registration ‘9N-AMH’ narrowly escaped an incident while landing at Lukla Airport yesterday. The aircraft was en-route to Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport carrying 18 people on board.
The STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft suffered technical problem moments after touchdown at one of the world’s most extreme airports. Fortunately, no one was reported to be injured due to the incident.
As per the preliminary information from the witnesses, the aircraft’s wheel got locked and it slipped towards right part of the runway. Then the front part of the aircraft was observed moving upwards producing a slight tail strike.
The video footage of the incident shows that the pilot struggled lot for bringing the aircraft into safe maneuver for parking at the apron.
The security officials from the airport claimed that the aircraft was unstable due to overloading. Passengers may have carried excess baggage or the airline company overloaded the aircraft, reports officials from the airport.
The investigation will be carried out to find the reason so that such incident can be prevented in the future.