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Three killed in Everest airport crash

Three killed in Everest airport crash

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports.

Aviation Safety Network (ASN) database in its preliminary report stated that there were no passengers in the aircraft but recorded that the co-pilot and two police officials standing on the ground died of fatal injuries, and the four injured are now receiving treatment at Kathmandu's Grande Hospital. Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari identified the deceased as co-pilot S Dhungana and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka.

Another two injured people were also airlifted to Kathmandu and are undergoing treatment at the Grande Hospital.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the incident and airlifted to Kathmandu, died at Grande Hospital, hospital sources said.

In spring, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport.

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Summit Air's pilot Captain RB Rokaya and flight attendant R Lama are safe.

The dead included two security guards who were near the helicopter.

The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings.

It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft and sits at 9,334 feet.

In February this year, a chopper carrying seven people including the country's Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari crashed in bad weather in Taplejung district of eastern Nepal, killing all seven on board.


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