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Three dead after planes collide near Mt Everest

A hospital official loads a dead body of a plane crash victim into an ambulance outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport [Update]
Deanna Wagner | 14 April, 2019, 19:10

Three people have died after a small plane crashed into a helicopter that was parked up during takeoff at an airstrip close to Mount Everest.

Hospital officials unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019.

A civil administrator, Narendra Kumar Rana, said the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The other pilot from the plane and the helicopter pilot are among the injured - they were airlifted to Kathmandu.

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

The helicopter was cut in two and three others were damaged.

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Both aircraft involved in the incident belong to private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most risky because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings.

There are about 35 flights and 100 helicopter ferries a day from the airport.

Lukla airport is used by climbers heading for the Everest region each and every year.

The airport is named after two men who were first to climb the 8848-metre peak.

At least four persons including Manang Air Pilot CB Gurung have been also been injured in the crash, the report added. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.