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Kathmandu/Tribhuvan International Airport

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Name Kathmandu/Tribhuvan International Airport
Region Asia and Pacific
Territory Nepal NP.gif
Location Kathmandu
Serving Kathmandu
Elevation 1,338.072 m
4,390 ft
4,390 ft1,338.072 m
Coordinates 27° 41' 49.99" N, 85° 21' 28.01" E
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
2/20 3050 m10,006.562 ft
45 m147.638 ft
ASP yes/yes

Observation VNKT 261520Z 11003KT 6000 TSRA FEW010 FEW025CB SCT030 BKN100 11/10 Q1022 NOSIG CB TO SE SW W NW N NE AND E
Station Kathmandu Airport
Date/Time 26 March 2019 15:20:00
Wind direction 110°
Wind speed 03 kts
Lowest cloud amount few clouds
Temperature 11°C
Dew point 10°C
Humidity 93%
QNH 1022 hPa
Weather condition n/a

International airport serving the capital city of Nepal.


Humid “subtropical” climate (Köppen climate classification Cwa) - characterized by hot, humid summers and cool winters. Significant amounts of precipitation occur in all seasons in most areas. Humid subtropical climates in Asia differ from those in other continents, in that they generally have a pronounced dry winter.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of VNKT

  • A333, Kathmandu Nepal, 2015 (On 4 March 2015, the crew of a Turkish Airlines A333 continued an automatic non precision RNAV approach below the prescribed minimum descent altitude without having obtained any element of visual reference and when this was acquired a few seconds before the attempted landing, the aircraft was not aligned with the runway centreline and during a 2.7g low-pitch landing, the left main gear touched down on the grass. The aircraft then left the runway completely before stopping with a collapsed nose gear and sufficient damage to be assessed a hull loss. None of 235 occupants sustained serious injury.)
  • D228, vicinity Kathmandu Nepal, 2012 (On 28 September 2012, control of a Sita Air Dornier 228 being flown by an experienced pilot was lost at approximately 100 feet aal after take off from Kathmandu in benign daylight weather conditions and the aircraft stalled without obvious attempt at recovery before impacting the ground where a fire broke out. All occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed. The comprehensive investigation found that insufficient engine thrust was being delivered to sustain flight but, having eliminated engine bird ingestion and aircraft loading issues, was unable to establish any environmental, airworthiness or loading issue which might have caused this.)