Plane Crashes into Parked helicopters near Mount Everest, Killing Three people

Plane Crashes into Parked helicopters near Mount Everest, Killing Three people

An accident occurred near Mount Everest as a small plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off on Sunday, killing three people and injuring three, officials said.

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to
the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most difficult in the
world for landings and take-offs. A co-pilot of the turbo-prop Let-410
plane run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the
ground were killed on the spot, Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari
told AFP.

Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman
confirmed. “The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and
collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu
for treatment. We are not sure about the cause of the accident” Adhikari
said.  

Photos from the scene showed mangled and scorched wreckage of the
plane and helicopters. Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers
and climbers heading for the Everest region each year. It is
particularly busy in April as the spring mountain climbing season
begins.

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