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At least two killed in plane crash in Nepal

17 April 2019
At least two killed in plane crash in Nepal

Three persons have been killed when a Summit Air plane taking-off for Kathmandu slipped on the tarmac and hit a Manang Air parked at the Lukla Airport Sunday morning.

The plane crash at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal left three people dead, injuring four others.

The Summit Air plane lost control and skidded to the right side of the runway while preparing for takeoff, Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport Spokesperson said, reported Efe news.

The paper said that "the deceased include Summit Air's co-pilot Sunil Dhungana and Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed in Lukla for airport security". Meanwhile, Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha who was also on the ground was airlifted to Grande Hospital before succumbing to injuries at the Hospital. "We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

Hundreds of foreign climbers head to the mountain region in April to climb Mount Everest during the commercial expedition season, which lasts until May.

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Tenzing Hillary Airport is often referred to as the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

Both are private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet. However, the identity of the people killed in the crash is still unknown.