At least 2 killed in aircraft collision in Nepal’s Lukla airport

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

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.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport is known as the gateway to Everest and is regarded the world's most unsafe because of its hard approach and short runway.

The co-pilot of the plane and a police official stationed at the airport for security were killed on the spot, while another policeman died in hospital, succumbing to a serious injury.

The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said.

According to sources at Grande Hospital, sub-inspector of Nepal Police Rudra Bahadur Shrestha who was seriously injured, breathed his last while undergoing treatment.

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the Summit Air passenger aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of the stationary Manang Air Helicopter are now receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger and will survive the incident.

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The cause of the incident was not immediately known.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to the world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country. But the airport has been dubbed one of the world's most unsafe because of the short runway and hard approach.

Both aircraft were taking climbers and tourists to the neighbouring Everest region.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns.

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

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