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Co-pilot, 2 policemen killed in plane crash in Nepal

Co-pilot, 2 policemen killed in plane crash in Nepal

The deceased include Summit Air's co-pilot Sunil Dhungana and assistant sub-inspector of police Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed in Lukla for airport security, airport officials at Lukla were quoted as stating.

"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.

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Chhetri said the plane skidded off the runway, hitting a helicopter belonging to Manang Air.

"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.

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Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport is known as the gateway to Everest and is regarded the world's most risky because of its hard approach and short runway.

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

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports. It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).

In May 2017, a cargo flight was landing in Lukla when it lost altitude and crashed into a mountain below the runway, killing both pilots.