Nepal: 3 Killed As Plane Hits 2 Helicopters During Take-Off

Kathmandu: Three persons were killed when a plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest in Nepal on Sunday. Three persons have also been injured in the mishap.

The accident occurred at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most difficult in the world for landings and take-offs.

A co-pilot from the Let-410 run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot, Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari told AFP.

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

“The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment,” Adhikari said.

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