2 killed, 5 injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest

3 killed as plane crashes into helicopter at Mount Everest airfield (PHOTOS)

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.

In the springtime, domestic airline companies conduct over 50 flights everyday to Lukla, known as Tenzing Hillary airport, featuring vibrant terrains and harsh weather patterns.

A co-pilot and a policeman were killed on the spot when an aircraft of Summit Air with call sign 9N-AMH skidded off the runway and collided with a parked helicopter of Manang Air.

The plane's pilot, the helicopter's pilot and an airport worker were among the injured.

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

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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.

This is the second crash of a Summit Air plane at the Luka airport, the starting point of treks and climbing expeditions to Mount Everest from the Nepal side. Three people - the plane's co-pilot and two police officers - were killed in the crash at the airport, which serves as the main gateway to the Everest region and is one of the world's most hard for take-offs and landings.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet. But the impoverished country has a poor air safety record due to weak training and maintenance. However, the identity of the people killed in the crash is still unknown.

The European Union has banned all Nepalese Airline flights on its airspace over safety concerns.

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