Death toll rises to 3 in aircraft collision in Nepal's Lukla airport

Lester Mason
Апреля 17, 2019

A small passenger plane has crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region, killing at least three people and injuring four others, officials said.

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region. The injured include Captain RB Rokaya, who was flying the aircraft, Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was inside the helicopter, a security official and a flight attendant.

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

According to sources at Grande Hospital, sub-inspector of Nepal Police Rudra Bahadur Shrestha who was seriously injured, breathed his last while undergoing treatment. "We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

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Both airlines are private companies serving locals and tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to Mount Everest, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country.

The airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

Nepal has been criticised for poor safety measures, with the European Union denying Nepalese airlines access to its airspace since 2013.

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