Three People Killed as Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest: Reports

April 14, 2019 Updated: April 14, 2019

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports.

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.

Chhetri said the plane skidded off the runway, hitting a helicopter belonging to Manang Air.

Airport official Ema Nath Adhikari spoke to Straits Times, saying: “The plane slipped toward the helipad during takeoff and collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment. We are not sure about the cause of the accident.”

Suman Pandey, chief executive officer (CEO) at Fish Tail Air, was cited by The Himalayan Times as saying that all persons injured have been taken to the hospital.

“All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital,” Pandey said, according to the report.

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.

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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. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

Civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama was cited by Stuff as saying that four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

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Hospital officials unload the body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

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.

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A hospital official loads a body of a plane crash victim into an ambulance outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Both aircraft involved in the incident belong to private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country’s remote areas.

The airport in Lukla is often referred to as the world’s most dangerous because of the short runway and difficult approach.

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

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