Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Three killed, four seriously injured as plane collides with chopper in Nepal

Three killed, four seriously injured as plane collides with chopper in Nepal

Three people were killed and four others injured when a small passenger plane collided with a parked helicopter in Nepal Sunday.

Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari said that S Dhungana, co-pilot of the plane, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident. Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

Summit Air's pilot Captain RB Rokaya and flight attendant R Lama are safe.

"Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu".

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey said, according to the report.

Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.

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

Three people have died, and four others have been left injured after two planes crashed into each other near Mt Everest.

Chhetri said the plane skidded off the runway, hitting a helicopter belonging to Manang Air.

The airport, built in 1964, is rated as one of the most unsafe airports in the world due to strong tailwinds and a short runway. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).

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