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At least two killed in plane crash in Nepal

At least two killed in plane crash in Nepal

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

The Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

An airport official spoke to Straits Times, saying: "The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters". Hoards of people gathered around the aircraft wreckage following the crash as debris was strewn on the ground.

Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment.

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

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Kathmandu: At least two people were killed in Nepal when an airplane collided with a helicopter Sunday morning, according to local authorities.

Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe airport because of the short runway and hard approach.

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were injured in the incident.

Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year.

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