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Nepal: Three killed in Everest airport crash April 14

A passenger plane crashed near the Lukla Airport (LUA) runway near Mount Everest, killing three people and injuring four, on April 14; airport operations suspended

14 Apr 08:00 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kathmandu). COUNTRY/REGION Lukla

Event

A passenger plane collided with parked helicopter near Mount Everest on Sunday, April 14, killing three people and injuring four others. The incident happened at Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA) near Everest Base Camp. Police and emergency response officials are reportedly at the scene of the accident and aviation authorities suspended services at LUA. Further disruptions are possible in the coming days.

Context

LUA is one of the highest and most dangerous airports in the world and has a single runway. It services Everest Base Camp and is open to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft capable of Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL).

Advice

Individuals flying through LUA are advised to monitor the situation, confirm their travel reservations, and maintain flexible itineraries.

 

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