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

Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

The Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

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, Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari was quoted as saying by the paper. Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

"We have received preliminary information that the plane taking off from the airport lost control and hit the chopper", Chief District Officer (CDO) of Solukhumbu Narendra Kumar Rai told Setopati.

In addition to the three fatalities, there were four people injured and airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter.

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

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Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed.

Reports suggest the plane skidded off the runway to the right and hit the helicopter as it landed from Kathmandu.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport is known as the gateway to Everest and is regarded the world's most risky because of its hard approach and short runway. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

It is also popular as Lukla is the place where most people begin to climb the Mount Everest Base Camp.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet.

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