Nepal’s Tenzing-Hillary Lukla Airport, the main gateway to the
Everest region, is considered to be the most dangerous airport
in the world, and not without reason. Measuring only 1,500 feet,
the runway doesn’t leave much wiggle room for
pilot error. The runway is surrounded by sizeable mountains and
the drop at the very end of the landing strip reaches almost 10,000
feet, so taking off from this airport is as sketchy as it gets.
On Saturday, a twin-engine aircraft attempting to take off from
Summit Air veered off the runway and hit a stationary helicopter,
killing three people — the plane’s pilot and two police
officers stationed near the helicopter. Four others were injured.
The Washington Post, the four passengers and flight attendant
on the plane are safe.
As the weather and visibility were good, the cause of
Saturday’s crash is not yet determined.
Only experienced pilots — who have made at least 100 landings
and takeoffs on short runways and have one year’s worth of
experience in such conditions — are allowed to fly in and out of
Tenzing-Hillary Lukla Airport, but even those requirements
haven’t eliminated the possibility of crashes.
Nepal’s flight safety record is so poor, the European Union
has actually banned all Nepalese airlines from its airspace,
according to the BBC.
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