Three People Dead After Plane Crashes Near Mount Everest

Sergio Conner
April 17, 2019

As many as three people were killed and three others injured on Sunday morning when a 19-seater plane crashed during takeoff at Lukla Airport in Nepal, officials said.

The accident happened at Lukla Airport, the main gateway to the Everest region.

Reports say the plane skidded off the runway to the right and hit the helicopter that had just landed from Kathmandu - cutting it in two.

A spokesperson of The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Pratap Babu Tiwari said that the co-pilot S Dhungana of Summit Air and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka on the ground at the helipad died on the spot.

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

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

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Four of the passengers and a flight attendant on board the plane were safe, civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama said.

Lukla Airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading to the Everest region each year.

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

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

The European Union has banned all Nepalese Airline flights on its airspace over safety concerns.

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