Three dead after plane, helicopter collide near Mt Everest

Hospital officials unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

The pilot and three other crew members survived and are being treated at a hospital in Kathmandu after being airlifted there.

Kathmandu: A small passenger plane veered off the runway while taking off and hit two parked helicopters at Lukla airport in Nepal's Everest region on Sunday, killing a co-pilot and two policemen, officials said.

Aviation official Raj Kumar Chhetri was cited by The Associated Press as saying that a plane belonging to Summit Air was trying to take off from Lukla for Ramechhap, Nepal, on the morning of Sunday, April 14, when it crashed. According to AP, the helicopter was owned by Manang Air, another local airline.

The dead included two security guards who were near the helicopter.

Summit Air's pilot Captain RB Rokaya and flight attendant R Lama are safe.

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey said, according to the report.

"At least two persons have been dead, while few others are injured", local media reported.

The airport in Lukla is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.

In February, a helicopter flying in bad weather crashed into a mountain in northeastern Nepal, killing all seven people on board, including the country's tourism minister.

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