Three dead in horrific plane crash into helicopter near Mount Everest

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2019

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, according to reports.

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey was quoted as saying.

While the reason for the incident is still unknown, one CAAN (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal) authority said the pilot in command was unable to control the vehicle after feeding power to the plane's systems; ultimately skidding 30-50 meters from the runway and crashing into the two helicopters in the helipad.

The plane, operated by Summit Air, was not carrying passengers as it was trying to leave what is considered to be one of the world's most risky airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains.

Both aircraft involved in the incident belong to private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

The airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet. It is particularly busy in April as the spring mountain climbing season begins.

In February this year, a chopper carrying seven people including the country's Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari crashed in bad weather in Taplejung district of eastern Nepal, killing all seven on board.

Air crashes are common in mostly mountainous Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest.

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