Turkish airlines flight with 14 Israelis aboard skids off Nepal runway

The Chabad representative in Nepal is calling the incident a Purim miracle after almost all passengers walk away unscathed.

March 4, 2015 11:38

Passengers exit from a Turkish Airlines plane soon after it overshot from the runway in Kathmandu. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 235 people skidded off the runway while landing at Nepal's Kathmandu airport Wednesday, Turkish media reported.

The plane experienced landing difficulties due to fog and had already tried to land twice. On the third attempt, it missed the runway and landed in a grassy area, according to airport manager Birendra Prasad Shrestha, with eye witnesses on the plane describing how smoke filled the plane as it skidded to a stop.

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A statement by Turkish Airlines said that one passenger sustained light injuries which required hospital treatment.

Aboard the flight were 14 Israelis, all of whom walked away from the incident unscathed. Rabbi Hezky Lipshitz,the Chabad representative in Nepal, met afterward with the Israeli passengers and related the fortunate outcome of the experience to the upcoming Purim holiday.

"The passengers described how they experienced a difficult landing, yet nobody was hurt," he said. "We're talking about a Purim miracle."

The airport has since been closed to all flights except helicopters.

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