Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Three killed, four injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest

Three killed, four injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest

A small passenger plane skidded off the runway and smashed into a parked helicopter at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region on Sunday.

The plane, operated by Summit Air, was not carrying passengers as it was trying to leave what is considered to be one of the world's most risky airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains.

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports.

Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari said that S Dhungana, co-pilot of the plane, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident.

Both airlines are private companies serving locals and tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.

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"We have received preliminary information that the plane taking off from the airport lost control and hit the chopper", Chief District Officer (CDO) of Solukhumbu Narendra Kumar Rai told Setopati.

The airport, built in 1964, is rated as one of the most unsafe airports in the world due to strong tailwinds and a short runway.

Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to Mount Everest, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country. Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.

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