By Our Reporter
Three people were killed and three others were injured when a Summit Air’s plane hit a parked helicopter of Manang Air on the runway of Lukla-based Tenzing Hillary Airport on the New Year Day.
The Summit Air’s plane with a call sign 9N AMH (L410) was about to take-off from Lukla to Ramechhap when the accident occurred at 9:30 am, according to General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Raj Kumar Chhetri.
The Manang Air chopper, with call sign 9N-ALK, was parked at the helipad of the airport in Solukhumbu district, GM Chhetri said.
The deceased were identified as tourist police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ram Bahadur Khadka, Summit Air co-pilot Sujit Dhungana and ASI Rudra Bahadur Shrestha.
Khadka and Dhungana died on the spot. ASI Shrestha, who was airlifted to Kathmandu, breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Grande International Hospital in Kathmandu.
Four passengers in the Summit Air remained unscathed. There were two crew members and air hostage in the Summit airplane.