Three People Dead After Plane Crashes Near Mount Everest

A hospital official loads a dead body of a plane crash victim into an ambulance outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

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 Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter. Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

Civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama was cited by Stuff as saying that four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the crash and airlifted to Kathmandu, died while undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital, the paper said, citing hospital sources. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

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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.

In addition to the three fatalities, there were four people injured and airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter.

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.

In February a helicopter carrying seven people including the country's tourism minister crashed in bad weather in eastern Nepal, killing seven all on board.

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