On November 2, the Nepalgunj Airport had a close shave; it just managed to avoid a potential big plane crash. After hitting a boar, Sita Air’s 9-NHB aircraft sustained a hole, but 14 passengers and crew on board were safe. The boar piglet, unfortunately, was killed on the runway.
A week before that, a Buddha Air flight hit a porcupette (young porcupine) at the same airport. Then too, a potential accident was avoided due to the animals’ small sizes.
Apart from these two incidents, the ‘Aviation Safety Report 2020’ published by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) says 70 incidents occurred at airports across the country in 2019, due to wildlife and birds. Out of them, 11 per cent of t
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