Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

At least four persons including Manang Air Pilot CB Gurung have been also been injured in the crash, the report added. The Summir Air plane was reportedly en route to Kathmandu from Lukla.

In spring, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport. Unidentified officials said Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha succumbed to his injuries while being treated in Kathmandu.

The aircraft was operated by Summit Air.

ASN also reported that both the privately owned aircraft of Summit Air and the helicopter of Manang Air were destroyed while the second private helicopter of Shree Air sustained minimal damage.

Authorities suspended flights to the airport following Sunday's aircraft collision.

The Twin Otter plane was preparing for take-off from Tenzing- Hillary airport at Lukla, which is considered one of the most risky in the world because of its short runway and perilous approach surrounded by mountains.

Among the dead were the plane's co-pilot and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter, said Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi.

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

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet.

However, Nepal airspace has a poor safety record and maintenance woes.

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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