Three People Killed as Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest

Hospital officials get ready to unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

Three People Killed as Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest

Three people have died, and four others have been left injured after a plane and helicopter crashed into each other near Mt Everest.

The incident occurred after Summit Air aircraft with crew members on board took the wrong direction on take-off and hit the nearby parked chopper, District Police Office in Solukhumbu said. The Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

According to sources at Grande Hospital, sub-inspector of Nepal Police Rudra Bahadur Shrestha who was seriously injured, breathed his last while undergoing treatment.

In spring, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport.

The accident took place while the Summit Air plane was preparing to take off in a mountainous area near the world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma, according to officials.

ASN also reported that both the privately owned aircraft of Summit Air and the helicopter of Manang Air were destroyed while the second private helicopter of Shree Air sustained minimal damage.

It is speculated that the captain could have allowed the co-pilot to take the reins as the flight was not carrying any passengers.

Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi was cited by New Zealand news service Stuff as saying that the dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers standing near the parked helicopter.

The airport is often referred to as the world's most risky because of the short runway and hard approach. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

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