The deceased include Summit Air's co-pilot Sunil Dhungana and assistant sub-inspector of police Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed in Lukla for airport security, airport officials at Lukla were quoted as stating. Meanwhile, Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha who was also on the ground was airlifted to Grande Hospital before succumbing to injuries at the Hospital.
Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the Summit Air passenger aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of the stationary Manang Air Helicopter are now receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger and will survive the incident.
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.
The airport, built in 1964, is rated as one of the most unsafe airports in the world due to strong tailwinds and a short runway.Читайте также: Netizens Sure Meghan Markle 'Owns' Baby Privacy Amid Rumours of Successful Birth
It's open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft and sits at 9,334 feet. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.
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.
However, Nepal airspace has a poor safety record and maintenance woes.
In February this year, a chopper carrying seven people including the country's Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari crashed in bad weather in Taplejung district of eastern Nepal, killing all seven on board.
The European Union has banned all Nepalese Airline flights on its airspace over safety concerns.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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