3 die in plane collision in Nepal

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2019

Solukhumbu: Two persons were killed and five others injured critically on Sunday after a plane collided with helicopter at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal.

In the springtime, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport, featuring vibrant terrains and harsh weather patterns.

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.

Reports suggest the plane skidded off the runway to the right and hit the helicopter as it landed from Kathmandu.

The co-pilot of the plane and a police official stationed at the airport for security were killed on the spot, while another policeman died in hospital, succumbing to a serious injury. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment, ' Adhikari said.

Lukla airport is used by climbers heading for the Everest region each and every year.

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KATHMANDU: A small plane hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on Sunday.

Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world's most risky airport because of the short runway and hard approach.

It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft and sits at 9,334 feet.

Nepal has been criticised for poor safety measures, with the European Union denying Nepalese airlines access to its airspace since 2013.

Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.

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