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3 killed after small plane collides with helicopter in Nepal

16 April 2019

A small passenger plane has crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region, killing at least three people and injuring four others, officials said.

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the Summit Air passenger aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of the stationary Manang Air Helicopter are now receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger and will survive the incident.

The plane skidded off the runaway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air.

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"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey was quoted as saying.

Among the dead were the plane's co-pilot and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter, said Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi.

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

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Photo taken on April 14, 2019 shows the site of aircraft collision at Lukla airport in Solukhumbu, Nepal.

The Twin Otter plane was preparing for take-off from Tenzing- Hillary airport at Lukla, which is considered one of the most unsafe in the world because of its short runway and perilous approach surrounded by mountains. Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

The airport, built in 1964, is rated as one of the most risky airports in the world due to strong tailwinds and a short runway. Only helicopters and small winged aircraft are allowed in this airspace.

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3 killed after small plane collides with helicopter in Nepal