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3 killed after small plane collides with helicopter in Nepal

3 killed after small plane collides with helicopter in Nepal”

At least two persons were killed and five others injured on Sunday after a Summit Air plane collided with a chopper at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal's Lukla, according to news agency ANI.

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.

The death toll climbed to three after another policeman, who had been seriously injured and airlifted to the capital city Kathmandu, passed away at the Grande Hospital, the Nepal Police Headquarters said.

The plane, operated by Summit Air, was not carrying passengers as it was trying to leave what is considered to be one of the world's most risky airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains.

Among the dead were the pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.

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. Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

The Lukla Airport has a track record for being the World's Most Dangerous Airport with a small runway (527 m) flanked by Mountains and treacherous terrain. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.

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



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