Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

Hospital officials unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport [Update]
Jeannette Daniel | 14 April, 2019, 19:09

Seven people, including the country's tourism minister, were killed in February when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.

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.

Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi was cited by New Zealand news service Stuff as saying that the dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers standing near the parked helicopter.

Reports suggest the plane skidded off the runway to the right and hit the helicopter as it landed from Kathmandu.

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

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The co-pilot of the plane and a police official stationed at the airport for security were killed on the spot, while another policeman died in hospital, succumbing to a serious injury.

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

Summit Air's pilot Captain RB Rokaya and flight attendant R Lama are safe.

Both airlines are private companies serving locals and tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.

The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most risky because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).

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