Three People Killed as Plane Crashes Into Helicopter Near Mount Everest

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

The Twin Otter Summit Air plane was taking off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla when it collided with the Manang Air helicopter this morning.

The plane, operated by Summit Air, was not carrying passengers as it was trying to leave what is considered to be one of the world's most risky airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains.

The incident took place as the aircraft lost control on the runway while preparing to take off and hit two parked helicopters.

Four of the passengers and a flight attendant on board the plane were safe, civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama said.


At least four persons including Manang Air Pilot CB Gurung have been also been injured in the crash, the report added. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

The co-pilot of the plane and a police official stationed at the airport for security were killed on the spot, while another policeman died in hospital, succumbing to a serious injury. "The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment", Adhikari said.

But the airport has been dubbed one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

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. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.

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