Three killed in Aircraft runway accident

Three killed in Aircraft runway accident

At least two persons were killed and five others suffered injuries on Sunday when a plane carrying them collided with a stationary helicopter at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal's Solukhumbu district.

Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.

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

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. It has been reported that the Summir Air plane was en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

The airport can only handle helicopters and small, aircraft such as Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porters, DHC-6 Twin Otters, and Dornier Do 228s.

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A small plane operated by local airline Summit Air went in the wrong direction during take-off and crashed into a parked helicopter, according to the Himalayan Times.

This is the second crash of a Summit Air plane at the Luka airport, the starting point of treks and climbing expeditions to Mount Everest from the Nepal side.

The worst air crash in recent years in Nepal happened in March 2018, when a AS-Bangla, Bangladeshi airline, plane crashed during landing at Kathmandu International Airport, with 67 passengers and four crew on board.

Both aircraft were taking climbers and tourists to the neighbouring Everest region.

Tenzing Hillary Airport is often referred to as the world's most risky because of the short runway and hard approach.

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