3 killed as plane crashes into helicopter at Mount Everest airfield (PHOTOS)
17 April, 2019, 11:22
At least three people were killed when a small plane veered off the runway while taking off and hit two parked helicopters at Lukla airport in Nepal's Everest region on Sunday, officials said.
The incident took place as the aircraft lost control on the runway while preparing to take off and hit two parked helicopters.
Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest. The co-pilot of the plane, which was operated by the private airline Summit Air, was killed along with two security guards on the ground.
The airport, which is also known by the name of its host town, Lukla, was shut down after the incident.
Four of the passengers and a flight attendant on board the plane were safe, civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama said.
Because of the extreme danger of flying in the mountains of Nepal, AirlineRatings.com does not safety rate any airlines or helicopter companies in the country.
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