Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Mount Everest

A hospital official loads a dead body of a plane crash victim into an ambulance outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

Three persons have been killed when a Summit Air plane taking-off for Kathmandu slipped on the tarmac and hit a Manang Air parked at the Lukla Airport Sunday morning.

A co-pilot of the turbo-prop Let-410 plane 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 pilot of the plane was among three people injured, though the lone stewardess escaped unhurt.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the crash and airlifted to Kathmandu, died while undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital, the paper said, citing hospital sources.

Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi was cited by New Zealand news service Stuff as saying that the dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers standing near the parked helicopter. "The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment", Adhikari said.

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The four passengers and a flight attendant were safe. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to Mount Everest, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country.

Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe airport because of the short runway and hard approach. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air. Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.

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