Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

At least two killed in plane crash in Nepal

At least two killed in plane crash in Nepal

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey was quoted as saying.

Three people were killed and four others injured when a small passenger plane collided with a parked helicopter in Nepal Sunday.

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. Lukla is the starting point for those looking to trek to Mount Everest base camp.

The Twin Otter Summit Air plane was taking off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla when it collided with the Manang Air helicopter this morning.

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

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

Pandey said the accident occurred at around 9:10 a.m. local time at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, a major gateway to Mount Everest.

Nepal's aviation industry has boomed in recent years, flying tourists and goods to remote corners of the Himalayan nation where road access is limited. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns.

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

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