At least two people were killed when a Summit Air airplane crashed while taking off from Lukla Airport on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH lost control at the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway.
According to Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari, co-pilot S Dhungana and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident.
Likewise, Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft has been seriously injured in the incident. Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was inside the helicopter, another security personnel and the airhostess of the crashed aircraft have also sustained injuries. All of the injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu for medical treatment.
The uncontrolled aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.