Friday, 19 April, 2019

Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Mount Everest

Hospital officials unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport [Update]
Patty Aguilar | 14 April, 2019, 19:09

At least three people were killed and five others were injured when a Summit Air plane collided with two helicopters while taking off from the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Solukhumbu district in Nepal on Sunday, The Kathmandu Post reported.

A co-pilot of the turbo-prop Let-410 plane run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot, Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari told AFP.

Three people have died after a small plane crashed into a helicopter that was parked up during takeoff at an airstrip close to Mount Everest. Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

Four of the passengers and a flight attendant on board the plane were safe, civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama said.

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey said, according to the report. He said the plane skidded off the runaway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air.

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"Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu".

Both are private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year.

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.

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