Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest, officials said.
The plane belonging to Summit Air was trying to take off from Lukla for Ramechhap, Nepal, at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most difficult in the world for landings and take-offs.
Both aircraft involved in the incident belong to private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country’s remote areas.
A co-pilot of the turbo-prop Let-410 plane run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot, Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari said.
The plane slipped toward the helipad during takeoff and collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment. Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed.