Nepal: 2 killed, 5 injured in plane accident

Nepal: 2 killed, 5 injured in plane accident

Nepal: 2 killed, 5 injured in plane accident

Three people are confirmed dead when a Summit Air Let L-410UVP collided with a parked Manang Air helicopter while taking off for Ramechhap at Lukla airport in Nepal today.

In spring, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport.

"Two people died on the spot and the third one died while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Kathmandu", said Pratap Babu Tiwari, an airport official.

The helicopter was stationary at the airport when the incident occurred, reports said.

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Syangboche Karki, a victim of a small aircraft belonging to Summit Air, that crashed with a helicopter parked at Lukla airport, is brought for treatment to a hospital in Kathmandu. An airport official said the plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with the two helicopters.

Senior government official Narendra Rana, who was involved in the rescue operations, told Xinhua that the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

Hundreds of foreign climbers head to Mount Everest in April during the commercial expedition season, which lasts until May. On May 27, 2017, one Summit Air plane had crashed while trying to land, killing both pilots. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns. However, the identity of the people killed in the crash is still unknown.

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