US Air Force aircraft lands in Kathmandu for 'routine mission'
A US Air Force plane landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Thursday in what has been learnt to be a routine mission to drop off important supplies for the US embassy in Kathmandu, according to a Nepal Army source.
The special Hercules Cargo aircraft landed at TIA at around 2:30 pm and left the airport at around 5:00 pm.
Foreign Ministry officials were not immediately available for comments because every plane flying within the country’s territory must have its permits. Reports, however, quoted Nepali Army officials that the aircraft had already received permits to land in Nepal to deliver supplies for the US embassy in Kathmandu.
It has also been learnt that the US Air Force (USAF) aircraft arrived in Kathmandu via New Delhi where it could have also dropped off necessary supplies for US mission in New Delhi.
Reports quoted Nepal Army spokesperson Jagadish Chandra Pokharel that that this was not the first time USAF aircraft had landed at TIA, adding that previously such US military aircraft had landed in Kathmandu to deliver necessary equipment and supplies for US military personnel engaged in various kinds of training conducted by the Nepal Army. nepalnews.com