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Nepal: Aircraft collision in Lukla airport leaves three killed

Nepal: Aircraft collision in Lukla airport leaves three killed

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Apr 2019, 05:32 pm

Kathmandu, Apr 14 (IBNS):  A Summit Air 9N AMH (L410) plane collided with a parked (Manang Air) helicopter while taking off for Ramechhap at Lukla airport and left three people killed on Sunday, media reports said.

According to Suman Pandey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Fish Tail Air, the incident occurred at around 9:10 am at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, a major gateway to Mt Everest, The Himalayan Times reported.

At least three persons including Manang Air (9N- ALC) Pilot CB Gurung were hurt in the mishap.

“All injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu and they are undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital,” Pandey told The Himalayan Times.

The deceased include Summit Air’s co-pilot Sujit Dhungana and Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Ram Bahadur Khadka who were stationed in Lukla for airport security, airport officials at Lukla told the newspaper.

The incident occurred after Summit Air aircraft with crew members on board took the wrong direction on take-off and hit nearby parked choppers, District Police Office in Solukhumbu told the Nepal based newspaper.

Bodies of those people who died in the mishap have been airlifted to Kathmandu for postmortem.

The airport was closed after the accident.

Nepal: Aircraft collision in Lukla airport leaves three killed

India Blooms News Service
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