A Fly Dubai aircraft caught fire while taking off from Kathmandu airport in Nepal. Fire engines were deployed, but the plane eventually left for Dubai. The Boeing 737 had 169 passengers on board and flames were seen in one of the engines shortly after takeoff. The pilots contacted the airport and reported that all systems were working fine and the plane continued towards Dubai. The cause of the fire was a collision with a bird during takeoff. The aircraft is expected to reach Dubai at 00:14 local time.
Nepal is once again in the news as a Fly Dubai aircraft caught fire during takeoff from Kathmandu airport. Emergency efforts were immediately deployed and fire engines were sent to the airport. However, the tourism minister of Nepal later confirmed that the situation was under control and the plane had departed for Dubai.
Pilot decided to continue the flight
The Boeing 737 had 169 passengers on board and was en route to Dubai when flames were spotted in one of the engines. Witnesses reported seeing fire in the aircraft as well. The pilots requested an emergency landing and after confirming that all systems were functioning properly, continued their journey to Dubai. Fly Dubai Airlines later revealed that the cause of the fire was a bird strike during takeoff from Kathmandu. The flight is expected to arrive in Dubai at 00:14 local time.