Three people have died after a small plane crashed into a helicopter that was parked up during takeoff at an airstrip close to Mount Everest.
According to The Sun, the Summit Air plane was taking off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, north-eastern Nepal, when it crashed into the helicopter which was stationary on a helipad.
Helicopters were at the scene. Credit: PA
Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: "The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site. Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu."
In addition to the three fatalities, there were four people injured and airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter.
An airport official spoke to Straits Times, saying: "The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment. We are not sure about the cause of the accident."
Lukla airport is used by climbers heading for the Everest region each and every year. But the airport has been dubbed one of the world's most dangerous because of the short runway and difficult approach.
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