At least two killed in Nepal airplane crash near Mt. Everest

At least two killed in Nepal airplane crash near Mt. Everest

In 2008, another Twin Otter plane carrying 16 passengers and three crew crashed shortly before it was due to land at Lukla.

According to The Sun, the Summit Air plane was taking off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, north-eastern Nepal, when it crashed into the helicopter which was stationary on a helipad.

A police official was among those killed and the injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment, according to The Himalayan Times (HT).

Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: "The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site". The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air. The pilot of the plane was among three people injured, though the lone stewardess escaped unhurt. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.

Both airlines are private companies serving locals and tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.

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

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

Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters). Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.

Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.

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