Three dead after plane, helicopter collide near Mt Everest

Hospital officials get ready to unload from a helicopter the dead bodies of plane crash victims outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

Officials said the injured including a police personnel were airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.

A report quoting Suman Pandey, chief executive officer (CEO) at Fish Tail Air, stated that the incident took place at around 9:10 am at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, a major gateway to Mt Everest.

A co-pilot from the Let-410 run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot, Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari told AFP.

'The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters.

According to sources at Grande Hospital, sub-inspector of Nepal Police Rudra Bahadur Shrestha who was seriously injured, breathed his last while undergoing treatment.

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

The Kathmandu Post reported that Airport authorities probing into the matter believe the co-pilot had significantly few flying hours amounting to less than a year and a half experience before taking on the World's Most Dangerous Airport.

The incident occurred near the city of Lukla - a reloading point for hikers and climbers heading to the Everest neighborhood. But the airport has been dubbed one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

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

The European Union has banned all Nepalese Airline flights on its airspace over safety concerns.

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