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Three dead after plane skids off runway and crashes into helicopter on ground

Three people have died and another four left injured after a passenger plane smashed into a stationary helicopter during take-off.

The horrific smash happened earlier this morning near Mount Everest in Nepal.

Among the dead are the co-pilot of the small aircraft and two police officers who were stood close the helicopter.

TOPSHOT - A Summit Air Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft bound for Kathmandu is seen after it hit two helicopters during take off at Lukla airport, the main gateway to the Everest region. - A small plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on April 14, killing three people and injuring three, officials said. (Photo by STR / AFP)STR/AFP/Getty Images

Three people have died in a small plane crash in Nepal (Picture: AFP/Getty)

A Summit Air Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft bound for Kathmandu is seen after it hit two helicopters during take off at Lukla airport, the main gateway to the Everest region. - A small plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on April 14, killing three people and injuring three, officials said. The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most difficult in the world for landings and take-offs. (Photo by STR / AFP)STR/AFP/Getty Images

The Summit Air plane was trying to take off from Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla when it skidded off the runway (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site.

Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu.

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The Summit Air plane was trying to take off from Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla when it skidded off the runway, aviation official Raj Kumar Chhetri said.

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All the injured have been airlifted to a hospital in Kathmandu by air ambulance.

A further four passengers and flight attendant on the place are all safe.

epaselect epa07505285 A view of the crash site of a domestic Summit Air aircraft and a helicopter at Lukla Airport, Solukhumbu district, Nepal, 14 April 2019. At least two people died and five were injured in the accident between a plane and a parked helicopter after take-off, according to media reports. EPA/RAM NEPAL BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Two police officers are among the dead (Picture: EPA)

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