Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Co-pilot, 2 policemen killed in plane crash in Nepal

Co-pilot, 2 policemen killed in plane crash in Nepal

The Summit Air plane lost control and skidded to the right side of the runway while preparing for takeoff, Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport Spokesperson said, reported Efe news.

In the springtime, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport, featuring vibrant terrains and harsh weather patterns.

A co-pilot of the turbo-prop Let-410 plane run by Summit Air, which was bound for Kathmandu, and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot.

The injured, who included a police personnel, have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.

It is also popular as Lukla is the place where most people begin to climb the Mount Everest Base Camp.

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

Civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama was cited by Stuff as saying that four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The aviation industry of the country has boomed in recent years, flying tourists and goods to remote corners of the Himalayan nation where road access is limited.

Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe airport because of the short runway and hard approach. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

Air crashes are common in mostly mountainous Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest. However, the identity of the people killed in the crash is still unknown.

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