Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest, Killed Three

According to reports, not less than three people have been confirmed dead and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest. 

Aviation official Raj Kumar Chhetri was cited by The Associated Press as saying that a plane belonging to Summit Air was trying to take off from Lukla for Ramechhap, Nepal, on the morning of Sunday, April 14, when it crashed. 

 Chhetri said the plane skidded off the runway, hitting a helicopter belonging to Manang Air. 

 Airport official Ema Nath Adhikari spoke to Straits Times, saying: “The plane slipped toward the helipad during takeoff and collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment. We are not sure about the cause of the accident.”

 Suman Pandey, chief executive officer (CEO) at Fish Tail Air, was cited by The Himalayan Times as saying that all persons injured have been taken to the hospital. 

 “Those injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital,” Pandey said, according to the report. 

 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. 

 Civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama was cited by Stuff as saying that four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe. 

 Both aircraft involved in the incident belong to private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country’s remote areas. 

Things to know about the Airport:
 The airport in Lukla is often referred to as the world’s most dangerous because of the short runway and difficult approach. 

The airport is popular because Lukla is the place where most people start the climb to Mount Everest Base Camp. 

There are daily flights between Lukla and Kathmandu during daylight hours in good weather. 

Although the flying distance is short, rain commonly occurs in Lukla while the sun is shining brightly in Kathmandu. 

High winds, cloud cover, and changing visibility often mean flights can be delayed or the airport closed. 

The airport is contained within a chain link fence and patrolled by the Nepali armed police or civil police around the clock.

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


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