Co-pilot, 2 policemen killed in plane crash in Nepal

Nepal Summit Air crash accident kills two, injures five

The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment.

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

Eyewitnesses told HT that the accident occurred when the plane was preparing for take-off.

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most hard in the world for landings and take-offs. Lukla is the starting point for those looking to trek to Mount Everest base camp.

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.

Summit Air's pilot Captain RB Rokaya and flight attendant R Lama are safe.

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

The other pilot from the plane and the helicopter pilot are among the injured - they were airlifted to Kathmandu. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to the world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country.

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

Seven people, including the country's tourism minister, were killed in February when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.

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