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

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

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

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

A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal.

The incident took place as the aircraft lost control on the runway while preparing to take off and hit two parked helicopters.

Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed.

The other pilot from the plane and the helicopter pilot are among the injured - they were airlifted to Kathmandu. He said the plane skidded off the runaway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air. A small plane operated by local airline Summit Air went in the wrong direction during take-off and crashed into a parked helicopter, according to the Himalayan Times.

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

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most hard in the world for landings and take-offs.

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is the gateway to Mt Everest. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.

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

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