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Nepal plane hits parked helicopter while taking off, killing three

A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal
Bennie Garza | 14 April, 2019, 19:13

At least three people have been killed and four others injured at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal after a small plane crashed into a helicopter during a botched take-off.

The deceased include Summit Air's co-pilot Sunil Dhungana and assistant sub-inspector of police Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed in Lukla for airport security, airport officials at Lukla were quoted as stating.

Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal. The pilot and three other crew members survived and are being treated at a hospital in Kathmandu after being airlifted there.

The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway.

The plane's pilot, the helicopter's pilot and an airport worker were among the injured.

Airport official Ema Nath Adhikari spoke to Straits Times, saying: "The plane slipped toward the helipad during takeoff and collided with two helicopters".

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

Four of the passengers and a flight attendant on board the plane were safe, civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama said.

Air crashes are common in mostly mountainous Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).

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