Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

At least three people were killed when a Summit Air plane collided with a parked (Manang Air) helicopter while taking off for Ramechhap at Lukla airport in Nepal on Sunday morning.

The Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Among the dead were the plane's co-pilot and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter, said Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi. Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the crash and airlifted to Kathmandu, died while undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital, the paper said, citing hospital sources. Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is often referred to as one of the most hard and risky airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet.

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