Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Three People Killed as Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest

3 Killed As Plane Hits Two Helicopters While Taking Off In Nepal Nepal Summit Air crash accident kills two, injures five
Jeannette Daniel | 16 April, 2019, 03:43

Three people were killed and four injured yesterday when a light aircraft skidded off the runway at a small airport near Mount Everest and struck a helicopter.

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

Aviation Safety Network (ASN) database in its preliminary report stated that there were no passengers in the aircraft but recorded that the co-pilot and two police officials standing on the ground died of fatal injuries, and the four injured are now receiving treatment at Kathmandu's Grande Hospital.

A police official was among those killed and the injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment, according to The Himalayan Times (HT).

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The deceased include Summit Air's co-pilot Sunil Dhungana and assistant sub-inspector of police Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed in Lukla for airport security, airport officials at Lukla were quoted as stating. Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas. The authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport following the crash.

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

The Lukla Airport has a track record for being the World's Most Dangerous Airport with a small runway (527 m) flanked by Mountains and treacherous terrain. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).

In February, a helicopter flying in bad weather crashed into a mountain in northeastern Nepal, killing all seven people on board, including the country's tourism minister.

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