Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu

Blanche Robertson
April 14, 2019

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.

It's believed a small plane crashed into a helicopter while taking off from an airstrip.

In addition to the three fatalities, there were four people injured and airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter.

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

The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said.

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

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Hospital officials prepare to unload the body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year.

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

A civil administrator, Narendra Kumar Lama, said the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most hard in the world for landings and take-offs.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet.

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