Three Killed As Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest

A hospital official loads a dead body of a plane crash victim into an ambulance outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

A plan has crashed into a helicopter on an airstrip by Mount Everest with three people killed, confirmed Nepal police.

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 incident occurred as the plane skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit helicopters parked at the Lukla-based helipad which is 30-50 metres from the runway, the Kathmandu Post reported.

The injured, who included a police personnel, have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment. The Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Adhikari said, "The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters". "They are out of danger", an official at the hospital told Xinhua.


A small plane hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on Sunday.

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

Four passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Tenzing Hillary Airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

Lukla Airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading to the Everest region each year. However, the identity of the people killed in the crash is still unknown.

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