3 killed as plane crashes into helicopter at Mount Everest airfield

15 April, 2019, 06:58 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal

Three people have died, and four others have been left injured after a plane and helicopter crashed into each other near Mt Everest. The pilot and three other crew members survived and are being treated at a hospital in Kathmandu after being airlifted there.

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 unsafe airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the crash and airlifted to Kathmandu, died while undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital, the paper said, citing hospital sources.

"The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters".

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

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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.

Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.

The airport of Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, is often referred to as the most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

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

In February a helicopter carrying seven people including the country's tourism minister crashed in bad weather in eastern Nepal, killing seven all on board.

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