Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu

A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal

A Summit Air aircraft crashed into two helicopters while attempting take-off at Lukla airport in Nepal

Hospital officials unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019.

At least three people have been killed and four others injured at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal after a small plane crashed into a helicopter during a botched take-off. 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".

The incident took place as the aircraft lost control on the runway while preparing to take off and hit two parked helicopters.

The other pilot from the plane and the helicopter pilot are among the injured - they were airlifted to Kathmandu. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.

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

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"The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters".

The airport, built in 1964, is rated as one of the most unsafe airports in the world due to strong tailwinds and a short runway.

Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).

Seven people, including the country's tourism minister, were killed in February when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.

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