Three People Killed as Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest

Hospital officials get ready to unload from a helicopter the dead bodies of plane crash victims outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

3 killed as plane crashes into helicopter at Mount Everest airfield (PHOTOS)

The Himalayan Times said that according to Suman Pandey, Chief Executive Officer at Fish Tail Air, the incident occurred at around 9:10 am at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, a major gateway to Mt Everest.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport is known as the gateway to Everest and is regarded the world's most risky because of its hard approach and short runway. The co-pilot of the plane, which was operated by the private airline Summit Air, was killed along with two security guards on the ground. The dead include one of the pilots of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: "The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site".

Three people have died, after a plane veered off the short runway and hit a stationary helicopter.

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

Tenzing Hillary Airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach. The aircraft had collided with a parked chopper at the airport.

Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year.It is particularly busy in April as the spring mountain climbing season begins. On May 27, 2017, one Summit Air plane had crashed while trying to land, killing both pilots.

The European Union has banned all Nepalese Airline flights on its airspace over safety concerns.

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