Published: Sun, April 14, 2019

Three killed, four seriously injured as plane collides with chopper in Nepal

Three killed, four seriously injured as plane collides with chopper in Nepal

"Two people died on the spot and the third one died while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Kathmandu", airport official Pratap Babu Tiwari told Reuters.

Locals said a Summit Air plane collided with a Manang Air helicopter that was parked at Lukla airport.

Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world's most risky airport because of the short runway and hard approach. Lukla is the starting point for those looking to trek to Mount Everest base camp.

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.

Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: "The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site". Helicopters were at the scene.

"We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

Hundreds of foreign climbers head to Mount Everest in April during the commercial expedition season, which lasts until May.

Nepal's aviation industry has boomed in recent years, flying tourists and goods to remote corners of the Himalayan nation where road access is limited. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns. At least three people were killed and four injured on Sunday after a small plane crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region.

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