Nepal Summit Air crash accident kills two, injures five

At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport [Update]

At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport [Update]

Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari said that 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. The dead include one of the pilots of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: "The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site".

A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal. He said the plane skidded off the runaway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air.

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

Lukla airport is used by climbers heading for the Everest region each and every year.

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. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

In February, a helicopter flying in bad weather crashed into a mountain in northeastern Nepal, killing all seven people on board, including the country's tourism minister.

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