3 die as jet hits parked helicopter at takeoff near Mount Everest

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2019

Aviation officials said that the cause of the accident was unclear.

The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway.

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the Summit Air passenger aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of the stationary Manang Air Helicopter are now receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger and will survive the incident.

"Two people died on the spot and the third one died while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Kathmandu", airport official Pratap Babu Tiwari told Reuters.

Suman Pandey, chief executive officer (CEO) at Fish Tail Air, was cited by The Himalayan Times as saying that all persons injured have been taken to the hospital.

The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said.

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It's believed a small plane crashed into a helicopter while taking off from an airstrip.

Photo taken on April 14, 2019 shows the site of aircraft collision at Lukla airport in Solukhumbu, Nepal.

The plane crash at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal left three people dead, injuring four others.

Civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama was cited by Stuff as saying that four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most risky because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

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