Published: Tue, April 16, 2019

3 killed, 4 injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest

3 killed, 4 injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest

Kathmandu: At least two people were killed in Nepal when an airplane collided with a helicopter Sunday morning, according to local authorities.

The plane skidded off the runaway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger.

The aircraft was operated by Summit Air.

Among the dead were the pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.

Hospital officials unload the body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019.

The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said.

ASN also reported that both the privately owned aircraft of Summit Air and the helicopter of Manang Air were destroyed while the second private helicopter of Shree Air sustained minimal damage.

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

It is often referred to as one of the most hard and unsafe airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain.

The accident took place while the Summit Air plane was preparing to take off in a mountainous area near the world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma, according to officials. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

In February this year, a chopper carrying seven people including the country's Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari crashed in bad weather in Taplejung district of eastern Nepal, killing all seven on board.

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