Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu

Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu

The incident occurred as the plane - a Twin Otter belonging to Summit Air - with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway, the Kathmandu Post reported.

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.

Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari told AFP, A co-pilot from the Let-410 run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot. a police spokesman confirmed, another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu.

The plane's pilot, the helicopter's pilot and an airport worker were among the injured.

There were no passengers on board while the aircraft took off for Manthali, a police officer said.

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Chief at the Tribhuvan International Airport Raj Kumar Chhetri said the injured persons have been flown on a chopper to Kathmandu for treatment.

KATHMANDU: A small plane hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on Sunday.

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is the gateway to Mt Everest. But the airport has been dubbed one of the world's most risky because of the short runway and hard approach. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

He added the police were tourist cops deployed to the area and that the dead and wounded were all Nepalese.

Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.

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