At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport

Lamar Ellis
April 17, 2019

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most hard in the world for landings and take-offs.

Two employees of Manang Air, which owns one of the helicopters, were also injured, Kathmandu's Grande International Hospital spokesperson said.

Syangboche Karki, a victim of a small aircraft belonging to Summit Air, that crashed with a helicopter parked at Lukla airport, is brought for treatment to a hospital in Kathmandu.

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the Summit Air passenger aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of the stationary Manang Air Helicopter are now receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger and will survive the incident. The aircraft had collided with a parked chopper at the airport.

Hundreds of foreign climbers head to Mount Everest in April during the commercial expedition season, which lasts until May.

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The crash occurred on Sunday morning as the jet was trying to take off from Lukla for the capital, Kathmandu, according to aviation official Raj Kumar Chhetri.

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

The airport in Lukla is often referred to as the world's most risky because of the short runway and hard approach.

Nepal has been criticised for poor safety measures, with the European Union denying Nepalese airlines access to its airspace since 2013.

Earlier, in February Seven people, including the country's tourism minister when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.

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