Death toll rises to 3 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

At least three people have been killed and four others injured at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal after a small plane crashed into a helicopter during a botched take-off.

Aviation officials said that the cause of the accident was unclear.

Another two injured people were also airlifted to Kathmandu and are undergoing treatment at the Grande Hospital.

The aircraft was operated by Summit Air.

Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi was cited by New Zealand news service Stuff as saying that the dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers standing near the parked helicopter.

Photo taken on April 14, 2019 shows the site of aircraft collision at Lukla airport in Solukhumbu, Nepal.

With the spring season tourist influx steadily increasing at the Mount Everest, many private Airline Aircraft like the ones involved in the incident, land and take off from the Lukla Airport which is touted as the 'Gateway to Mt. Everest'.

A civil administrator, Narendra Kumar Rana, said the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe.

The Lukla Airport has a track record for being the World's Most Dangerous Airport with a small runway (527 m) flanked by Mountains and treacherous terrain.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport sits at an elevation of just over 9,000 feet.

In February a helicopter carrying seven people including the country's tourism minister crashed in bad weather in eastern Nepal, killing seven all on board.

Air crashes are common in mostly mountainous Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest.

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