Nepal's Only Int'l Airport Shut Due To Grass Fire

Published February 7, 2012 3:09PM (EST)

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A grass fire has closed Nepal's only international airport and forced flights to divert to India.

Police spokesman Raviraj Shrestha said the fire spread close to the runway but away from the terminal building Tuesday. No damage or casualties have been reported.

The fire and smoke were visible around part of Nepal's capital, Katmandu.

Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Lokendra Bista said he ordered an investigation into how the fire started.

Tribhuwan International Airport is Nepal's main airport and the only one with international flights.

By Salon Staff

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