At least two killed in Nepal airplane crash near Mt. Everest

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

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

Chief at the Tribhuvan International Airport Raj Kumar Chhetri said the injured persons have been flown on a chopper to Kathmandu for treatment.

A small passenger plane has crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region, killing at least three people and injuring four others, officials said.

But the airport has been dubbed one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach. Lukla is the starting point for those looking to trek to Mount Everest base camp. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.

"All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital", Pandey said, according to the report. According to AP, the helicopter was owned by Manang Air, another local airline.

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Civil administrator Narendra Kumar Rama was cited by Stuff as saying that four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The Lukla airport was built by New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary - who together with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) Everest peak in 1953 - as a gift to the people of the remote Solukhumbu region where it is located.

The aircraft was operated by Summit Air. Poor visibility was blamed for the accident.

It's believed a small plane crashed into a helicopter while taking off from an airstrip.

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