The Hush Post|03:40 pm| 1-min-read
A small plane veered off the runway while taking off near Mount Everest in Nepal on Sunday. It hit two helicopters killing three people and injuring three.
The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region. “The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters,” Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari told AFP.
A co-pilot and a police officer were killed on the spot. Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, the Nepal police spokesman confirmed.
Lukla airport in one of the most difficult terrains
It is said to be one of the most difficult in the world for landings and take-offs. Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year. It is particularly busy in April as the spring mountain climbing season begins.
Nepal has a poor air safety record. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns.
Seven people, including the country’s tourism minister, were killed in February when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.