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Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

Three killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

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

Three people have died, and four others have been left injured after a plane and helicopter crashed into each other near Mt Everest.

The Twin Otter aircraft crashed into the helicopter at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, known as the gateway to the world's highest mountain, 125 km (78 miles) northeast of capital Kathmandu. Lukla is the starting point for those looking to trek to Mount Everest base camp.

Last month, seven people, including Nepal's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.

An aviation official says the crash occurred while the plane belonging to Summit Air was trying to take off from Lukla for Kathmandu Sunday morning.

"We have received preliminary information that the plane taking off from the airport lost control and hit the chopper", Chief District Officer (CDO) of Solukhumbu Narendra Kumar Rai told Setopati.

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were injured in the incident.

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

It is also popular as Lukla is the place where most people begin to climb the Mount Everest Base Camp. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).