A small passenger plane crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal’s Everest region on Sunday, killing at least three people and injuring four others, officials said. The four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.
The crash occurred while the plane was trying to take off from Lukla for Kathmandu on Sunday morning, said aviation official. He said the plane skidded off the runaway, hitting a Manang Air helicopter.
Following the crash, authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.
The airport is often referred to as the world’s most dangerous because of the short runway and difficult approach. It’s open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet.