3 killed, 4 injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest

Lamar Ellis
April 15, 2019

The co-pilot of the plane and a police official stationed at the airport for security were killed on the spot, while another policeman died in hospital, succumbing to a serious injury. Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

Chhetri said the plane skidded off the runway, hitting a helicopter belonging to Manang Air.

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey was quoted as saying.

Summit Air's pilot Captain RB Rokaya and flight attendant R Lama are safe.

Kathmandu: At least two people were killed in Nepal when an airplane collided with a helicopter Sunday morning, according to local authorities.

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Lukla airport is the nearest airport to the world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country.

A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal.

The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet. Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.

In February, a helicopter flying in bad weather crashed into a mountain in northeastern Nepal, killing all seven people on board, including the country's tourism minister.

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