Passengers walk away from a Turkish Airlines plane after it skidded off the runway while landing at Kathmandu airport in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on March 4, 2015. Aviation officials said no one on board was injured, although one witness described how terrified passengers leapt from their seats as the cabin filled with smoke after the plane skidded to a halt. AFP PHOTO / Dikesh Malhotra        (Photo credit should read Dikesh Malhotra/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 224 people skids upon landing in Kathmandu

Pictures show passengers using slides to get off the Airbus A330 amid heavy fog

International flights are called off because there's no way to move the commercial jetliner

Kathmandu, Nepal CNN —  

A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 224 people skidded off a runway Wednesday morning at Kathmandu’s airport, forcing those on board to evacuate and effectively shutting down Nepal’s lone international airport, authorities said.

The Airbus A330’s crew first tried landing the plane around 7 a.m. Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday), getting very close to a runway but not touching down, according to passenger Deepak Malhotra. That was followed by an announcement that the aircraft couldn’t land due to poor visibility.

About 45 minutes later, though, the crew tried again.

This time, the Turkish Airlines plane did get on the ground but it didn’t stay on the runway, according to airport officials. The aircraft skidded off, screeching to a stop with its nose pitched down.

The Turkish Airlines plane came to a stop with its nose pitched down at Kathmandu's international airport.
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The Turkish Airlines plane came to a stop with its nose pitched down at Kathmandu's international airport.

Pictures showed passengers and crew going down evacuation slides and walking through heavy fog.

Despite the rough landing, there were no reports of serious injuries, according to a Turkish Airlines spokesman.

Still, the incident did manage to knock out air travel in and out of the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only way in for foreigners wanting to explore Mount Everest and other nearby peaks in the Himalayan Mountains.

That’s because part of the now-immobile Airbus A330 was covering a section of the runway.

Nepal doesn’t have the heavy-duty machinery required to move it, said Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, the head of the mountainous Asian nation’s Civil Aviation Authority. And large cargo planes that could be brought in to help with the job have nowhere to land now.

Having them land anywhere else in Nepal isn’t an option either. Instead, authorities are exploring possibly flying in needed equipment to India and then driving it over to Nepal.

Until then, all international flights into Kathmandu have been called off until further notice. That includes 40 arriving and 40 departing flights canceled Wednesday.

Journalist Manesh Shrestha reported from Kathmandu, CNN’s Sugam Pokharel reported from India and CNN’s Greg Botelho wrote this story from Atlanta.