Three dead after planes collide near Mt Everest

Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.

The plane, operated by Summit Air, was not carrying passengers as it was trying to leave what is considered to be one of the world's most unsafe airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains. "The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment", Adhikari said.

The dead included two security guards who were near the helicopter.

In addition to the three fatalities, there were four people injured and airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter.

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

An airport official spoke to Straits Times, saying: "The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters".

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"We are not sure about the cause of the accident".

Four other passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Hospital officials unload the body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 14, 2019.

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

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is often referred to as one of the most hard and unsafe airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.

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