Three killed in Nepal crash

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Solukhumbu: Two persons were killed and five others injured critically on Sunday after a plane collided with helicopter at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal. As per the report three people killed and three got injured. "The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment", Adhikari said.

A spokesperson of The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Pratap Babu Tiwari said that the co-pilot S Dhungana of Summit Air and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka on the ground at the helipad died on the spot. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger, it said.

He says the plane skidded off the runway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air.

There were no passengers on board while the aircraft took off for Manthali, a police officer said.

Bodies of the deceased have been airlifted to Kathmandu for postmortem.

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

Both airlines are private companies serving locals and tourists in the remote areas of Nepal.

The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most hard in the world for landings and take-offs.

The airport - called the gateway to Mount Everest - is one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and the mountainous surroundings. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft.

Earlier, in February Seven people, including the country's tourism minister when a helicopter crashed in the hilly east.

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