At least three people were killed and four others injured on Sunday, April 14, after a Summit Air plane crashed into a parked chopper during takeoff at the Tenzing-Hillary airport, also known as Lukla airport in Khumbu region of eastern Nepal's Solukhumbu district.
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.
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 deceased include Summit Air's co-pilot Sunil Dhungana and assistant sub-inspector of police Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed in Lukla for airport security, airport officials at Lukla were quoted as stating. "The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment", Adhikari said. "They are out of danger", an official at the hospital told Xinhua.
The aircraft was operated by Summit Air.
Both aircraft were taking climbers and tourists to the neighbouring Everest region. Three people - the plane's co-pilot and two police officers - were killed in the crash at the airport, which serves as the main gateway to the Everest region and is one of the world's most hard for take-offs and landings. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.
Nepal has been criticised for poor safety measures, with the European Union denying Nepalese airlines access to its airspace since 2013. However, the identity of the people killed in the crash is still unknown.
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