Three killed in Everest airport crash

Three killed in Everest airport crash

According to AP, the helicopter was owned by Manang Air, another local airline.

The crash occurred while the Summit Air plane was trying to take off from Lukla for Kathmandu, said aviation officials. "We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

A police official was among those killed and the injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment, according to The Himalayan Times (HT).

Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi was cited by New Zealand news service Stuff as saying that the dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers standing near the parked helicopter.

It's believed a small plane crashed into a helicopter while taking off from an airstrip.

Senior government official Narendra Rana, who was involved in the rescue operations, told Xinhua that the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

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Photo taken on April 14, 2019 shows the site of aircraft collision at Lukla airport in Solukhumbu, Nepal.

The Twin Otter aircraft crashed into the helicopter at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, known as the gateway to the world's highest mountain, 125 km (78 miles) northeast of capital Kathmandu.

ASN also reported that both the privately owned aircraft of Summit Air and the helicopter of Manang Air were destroyed while the second private helicopter of Shree Air sustained minimal damage.

It is often referred to as one of the most hard and risky airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet.

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