Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019

At least three dead and three injured in a plane crash in Nepal

At least three dead and three injured in a plane crash in Nepal

At least three people were killed and three others were wounded when a plane crashed when it tried to take off from the Nepali airfield in Lukla, near Everest, Efe told official sources.

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The accident took place in the morning when the 19-seater aircraft, belonging to the Nepalese company Summit Air, lost control when taking off and skidded to the right side of the runway, according to the spokesman of the Tribhuvan International Airport, Pratap Babu Tiwari.

The plane collided with two helicopters parked on a heliport about 30 meters from the runway, according to the source.

Nepali Police spokesman Utam Raj Subedi said the co-pilot of the aircraft and two police officers on the runway were killed instantly.

Subedi said there were no passengers aboard the plane at the time of the accident, adding that the captain who handled the accident was injured and has been hospitalized but is stable.

Two members of the Manang Air company, which owns one of the helicopters, were also injured and have been hospitalized, said the spokesman of the Kathmandu International Big Hospital, Chitra Bahadur Magar.

This is the second Summit Air accident at the Lukla airport, a starting point for expeditions to Mount Everest, after a plane crashed on May 27, 2017, when it attempted to land, killing two pilots.

The most serious plane crash in recent years occurred in March 2018, when a plane of the Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla from Dhaka crashed during the landing maneuver at Kathmandu International Airport with 67 passengers and four crew on board.

The incident caused 51 deaths and twenty survivors.

Nepal, with frequent air accidents, has been subject to repeated international sanctions for lack of controls.


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