At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport

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

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were also injured in the incident.

According to The Sun, the Summit Air plane was taking off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, north-eastern Nepal, when it crashed into the helicopter which was stationary on a helipad. The pilot and three other crew members survived and are being treated at a hospital in Kathmandu after being airlifted there.

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The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings.

Aviation official Raj Kumar Chhetri was cited by The Associated Press as saying that a plane belonging to Summit Air was trying to take off from Lukla for Ramechhap, Nepal, on the morning of Sunday, April 14, when it crashed. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.

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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. Helicopters were at the scene.

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 European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns.

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Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.

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