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Killed, 4 Hurt in Nepal Plane Crash Near Mount Everest

17 April 2019, 11:23 | Devin Moran

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

Hospital officials get ready to unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

Kathmandu: At least two people were killed in Nepal when an airplane collided with a helicopter Sunday morning, according to local authorities.

An airport official spoke to Straits Times, saying: "The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters".

The plane crash at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal left three people dead, injuring four others.

Syangboche Karki, a victim of a small aircraft belonging to Summit Air, that crashed with a helicopter parked at Lukla airport, is brought for treatment to a hospital in Kathmandu. Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the incident and airlifted to Kathmandu, died at Grande Hospital, hospital sources said. They are undergoing treatment at Grande International Hospital. "We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

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




Airstrips in Nepal are traditionally considered to be one of the most unsafe, even for experienced pilots due to the surrounding mountains.

It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft and sits at 9,334 feet.

It is particularly busy in April as the spring mountain climbing season begins.

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

Earlier, in February Seven people, including the country's tourism minister when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.



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