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Helicopter crash near Mount Everest, 4 wounded

A helicopter crashed while attempting to land near Mount Everest on Thursday, injuring all four people on board, Nepalese police said.

Published: 26th September 2013 12:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2013 12:23 PM   |  A+A-

A helicopter crashed while attempting to land near Mount Everest on Thursday, injuring all four people on board, Nepalese police said.

The helicopter belonging to local Dynasty Airlines was attempting to land at Lukla airport when it got caught in a wire fence, police official Badri Bikram Thapa said.

The helicopter crashed and caught fire but the four on board — all Nepalese nationals — managed to escape. One of them was critically injured and has been flown by rescue helicopter to Katmandu for treatment.

The tiny airstrip at Lukla carved out of the side of the mountain and located at an altitude of 2,843 meters (9,325 feet), has earned a reputation as one of the most extreme and dangerous airports in the world. The single runway is narrow, short and sloped. The helipad is also small.

It has become a busy airport used by thousands of mountaineers and trekkers who visit the Everest region every year.

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