Flydubai Flight FZ 576 Engulfed in Flames in Kathmandu’s Sky!

April 27, 2023 by 2 Comments

Flydubai is an aviation corporation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Flydubai airline serves the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe as a total of 114 destinations.

On Monday night at around 9:20 PM, an issue occurred during takeoff for the Flydubai flight from Kathmandu, Nepal. It was quite unclear what exactly the problem was. However, it was obvious that it caused the aircraft to deviate from the intended incident.

As a result, the flight was forced to spend some time circling above Kathmandu. This move was probably taken to give the flight crew a chance to analyze the situation and decide on the best course of action.

It is known that none of the passengers or the crew were hurt. Despite the unforeseen issue encountered after takeoff, it is comforting to know that the flight was able to continue on to its destination in Dubai.

Ultimately, the incident served as a reminder of the value of safety in the aviation sector. As well as the proficiency and knowledge of flight crews in addressing sudden crises that might happen at any time.

Flydubai Catches Fire with Loud Noises Witnessed by Many Nepali Netizens

It was revealed that none of the crew members or passengers were wounded as a result of the event. Despite the unanticipated problem that arose soon after takeoff, it is reassuring to know that the flight was able to proceed to Dubai. Ultimately, the unforeseen incident served as a reminder of the value of safety in the aviation sector.

Fortunately, no passengers were hurt, and authorities reported that following the bird hit, the flight kept flying with just one engine. The Nepalese Civil Aviation Authority stated that the flight was on schedule and will arrive in Dubai at its destination as planned.

Witnesses heard loud noise and noticed fire spark on Flydubai after it took off from Kathmandu
Witnesses heard a loud noise and noticed a fire spark on Flydubai after it took off from Kathmandu (The Kathmandu Post)

The flight had 169 people on board when the incident took place in the night sky of Kathmandu. The pilot of flight FZ576, which was scheduled to make a forced landing at TIA in Kathmandu due to a mechanical fault, chose to continue the flight. Similarly, witnesses claimed to have heard a tremendous noise when Fly Dubai’s FZ575 airplane departed from TIA at 9:21 p.m. in the communities of Koteshwor, Imadol, and Patan. A few witnesses claimed to have seen flames aboard the aircraft.

The Flight Lands Safely at the Destination on Time

As the managers of Flydubai for Nepal a bird struck a Flydubai airplane as it was taking off from Kathmandu. Fortunately, it safely landed at Dubai Airport at 00:11 local time. The airline said that its experienced pilots followed regular operating procedures and carried on with the trip after confirming that the engine was functioning within normal limits.

Likewise, they expressed regret for any disruption to their passengers’ travel plans. The flight was scheduled to depart from Kathmandu at 7:55 pm local time but it left Kathmandu at 9:19 p.m. Likewise, due to the flight delay the planned time to land in Dubai was 11:05 pm, UAE time.

It was revealed that the flight was moving normally towards Dubai. They mentioned that bird strikes have caused damage to aircraft and have caused the incident.

Response From Flydubai and CAAN

Witnesses claim that a mechanical issue with one of the aircraft’s engines occurred during the departure from Kathmandu on flydubai flight FZ576, resulting in a loud boom and a fire inside the aircraft. At 28,000 feet, however, the crew made the decision to carry on with the journey. At that time, flydubai stated, “Our primary concern is the safety of our passengers and staff. We apologize for any disruption to our passenger’s travel plans.”

Later The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal charged the airline’s Airport Manager for Kathmandu and the Country Manager for Nepal. Circulating misleading information about the event after Flydubai first blamed it on a bird strike.

A spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal questioned, “How did the company say it was a case of bird strike,” in a statement that was reported by Reuters. There is currently no proof of such, and the pilot has not reported it. There is no evidence or foundation for this.

Nepal Bans Flydubai Managers from Entering TIA

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has prohibited two top airline managers from entering the airport. Following the result of the recent flydubai incident at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. On April 24, flydubai aircraft FZ576 carried 167 passengers and was headed for Dubai International Airport. As per the sources, the flight was struck by a bird shortly after takeoff from Tribhuvan International Airport. The airline had issued a statement attributing the incident to a bird strike, and the flight continued after the crew determined that the engine was operating normally.

The scenario, however, changed when the CAAN announced on Twitter that flydubai’s Kathmandu Airport Manager and Country Manager for Nepal had both been forbidden from accessing the airport. The managers were charged with spreading false information about the event by the Nepalese aviation authority. The incident emphasized that there should be transparency and precise reporting when it comes to aviation safety concerns. However, it is unclear what particular information the flydubai managers provided and why it was judged false.

Aviation safety is of utmost importance. Thus, it is essential for airlines and aviation authorities to cooperate closely together. Likewise, maintaining the highest levels of safety in the sector requires accurate reporting of accidents and clear communication. The event at the airport in Kathmandu highlights how crucial it is to follow proper safety procedures.

It remains to be seen whether the ban on the flydubai managers will have any further repercussions for the airline. However, this incident serves as a reminder of the significance of transparency and honest reporting in areas associated with aviation safety. Hence, the aviation industry is constantly evolving. So, lessons from incidents like this can be taken into account.

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