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Nepal plane crash: 3 dead, 3 injured at Lukla airport

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At least three people were killed when a plane slipped off the runway during takeoff and crashed into two stationary choppers while taking off from in district in Nepal's region on Sunday morning, police said.

Three people were also injured in the incident.

"The aircraft of bearing call-sign 9N AMH slipped off the runway in Tenjing-Hillary Airport, Lukla- Pasanglamhu Village Council-2 during takeoff and hit stationary chopper of Manang Air with call-sign 9N ALC killed 3 on Sunday morning," Police said in a statement.

Those who were killed included Sudip Dhungana, the co-of along with , assistant of and of Police.

While Dhungana and Khadka died on the spot, Shrestha breathed his last while undergoing treatment at in Kathmandu, Police said.

"The others who were injured comprised of Summit Air's (49), Manang Air's Helicopters Captain and Manang Air's staff Lakpa Sherpa. All of them are undergoing treatment at in Kathmandu," the statement added.

Preliminary investigation report of the plane crash said that Summit Airplane, without any passenger on board, was en route to district.

The airplane slipped off the runway and hit the other parked aircraft at the airport, the report added.

Both the aircraft and a chopper are completely damaged, while another chopper (9N-ALK) belonging to is partially damaged, the of Nepal (CAAN) said in the statement.

The bodies, in the third aviation accident that happened within less than eight months, have been brought to

also knows as the is considered to be one of the most dangerous airports in the as it remains busy and witnesses a high flow of tourists and aircraft movement especially during the ongoing mountaineering season in Nepal.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 17:07 IST