Everest airport hard for landings and take-offs

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

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.

In the springtime, domestic airlines conduct over 50 flights every day to Lukla airport, known as Tenzing Hillary airport, featuring vibrant terrains and harsh weather patterns.

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.

Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed.

The plane's pilot, the helicopter's pilot and an airport worker were among the injured. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger, it said.

The plane crashed into two helicopters, parked some 30 metres from the runway, the official added.

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

Tenzing Hillary Airport is often referred to as the world's most risky because of the short runway and hard approach.

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

Both aircrafts are private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to the world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country.

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