Three killed, four seriously injured as plane collides with chopper in Nepal

Three killed, four seriously injured as plane collides with chopper in Nepal

Chief at the Tribhuvan International Airport Raj Kumar Chhetri said the injured persons have been flown on a chopper to Kathmandu for treatment.

The plane's pilot, the helicopter's pilot and an airport worker were among the injured.

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger, it said. "We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

"Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu".

Lukla Airport is the only airport in Nepal's Everest region.

The Kathmandu Post reported that Airport authorities probing into the matter believe the co-pilot had significantly few flying hours amounting to less than a year and a half experience before taking on the World's Most Dangerous Airport.

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Both airlines are private companies serving locals and tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt. Three people - the plane's co-pilot and two police officers - were killed in the crash at the airport, which serves as the main gateway to the Everest region and is one of the world's most hard for take-offs and landings.

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

Sitting at an elevation of 2,845 metres, it is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year.

Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.

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