Pilot forced to abort landing at Nepal airport when goat appears on the runway

A passenger plane was forced to abandon landing when a goat, not pictured, appeared on the runway.
Paul Zellerer

A passenger plane was forced to abandon landing when a goat, not pictured, appeared on the runway.

A pilot was forced to abandon landing at an airport when he spotted a goat on the runway.

The passenger plane was due to land at Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal on October 15 when the pilot reportedly spied the stray animal.

The Bhutan Airlines flight was on final approach from Paro but the captain was forced to perform a go-around while airport staff captured the trespassing goat.

A member of the Nepalese army tries to shoot down an eagle at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
NAVESH CHITRAKAR

A member of the Nepalese army tries to shoot down an eagle at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

The aircraft, carrying 68 passengers and eight crew, landed safely on their second approach about 40 minutes later, the Aviation Herald reported.

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An investigation into the incident in ongoing but the goat is believed to have escaped from a nearby army battalion that is responsible for the airport security.

It is not the first time the airport, also known as the Tribhuvan International Airport, has had to deal with wildlife hazards.

Monkeys, dogs, cows, buffalos, rats, rodents and cats have also caused disruption, the Himalayan Times reported.

"The TIA now has a five-member hunter squad being active round the clock only at the airside areas," an airport official said.

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