Three people were killed when a Summit Air airplane crashed while taking off from Lukla Airport on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked at the Lukla-based helipad which is 30-50 metres from the runway.
Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari informed that co-pilot S Dhungana and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the incident and airlifted to Kathmandu, died while undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital, hospital sources said.
Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were also injured in the incident. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger.
The uncontrolled aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.
Source: Kathmandu Post
BDST: 1332 HRS, APR 14, 2019