Small plane crashes near Mount Everest

2017-05-27 12:30
A general view of the Mount Everest range from Tengboche north-east of Kathmandu.  (Prakash Mathema, AFP)

A general view of the Mount Everest range from Tengboche north-east of Kathmandu. (Prakash Mathema, AFP)

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Kathmandu - A small plane carrying only crew members and cargo has crashed near Mount Everest, injuring all three people on board.

Government administrator Umesh Pandey says the plane hit a mountain Saturday about 20 m below the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.

The plane had two pilots and an air hostess on board when it crashed.

Pandey said all three on board were taken to a local hospital. Poor weather conditions were preventing the helicopter from flying out of Lukla to bring them to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

The plane belongs to the domestic airlines Goma Air.

Kathmandu Airport spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur said the accident would be investigated, but that an initial report said it was windy when the plane was about to touch down.

The Czech-manufactured LET-410 plane belonged to the domestic airline Goma Air.

May is a popular month in the Mount Everest area for mountaineers and trekkers.

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