“The plane hit a mountain about 20 metres below the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, government administrator Umesh Pandey said.

A 2010 History Channel documentary rated Tenzing Hillary Airport as the world’s most dangerous.”

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I’ve flown in and out of Tensing Hillary airport at Lukla twice to go trekking in the Everest region, in 1987 and 1989.

The airstrip is a small narrow gravel airstrip approachable from the west by a light plane swooping past a sheer rock face and then banking to land on the gravel up a hill of about 30 degrees slope.

The exit is scarier. The plane travels as fast as possible down the gravel airstrip then banks sharply to the south to avoid hitting the cliff.

There have been numerous crashes there. In fact, the airport should only be used for helicopter landings. Unsuspecting tourists aren’t told about the extreme risks of a crash associated with Tensing Hillary airstrip.

The Nepalese authorities should act more responsibly, given they make a fortune out of Western tourists, drawn to the area by the majestic Himalayan mountains, the mystique of Mount Everest and the stunning scenery.

In 1989, I walked from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. I was aged 35.

It’s not recommended to trek to over 14,000 feet above sea level over the age of 50. Many people die from altitude sickness, especially those in a hurry or with a pre-existing medical condition.

Everest Base Camp is 18,000 feet above sea level.

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One dead in Nepal small plane crash at ‘world’s most dangerous airport’ near Mount Everest

28 May 2017

The wreckage of a plane is seen in mountainous terrain.

A small plane carrying only crew members and cargo has crashed near Mount Everest, killing one of the pilots, Nepalese officials say.

Two other crew members were injured.

The plane hit a mountain about 20 metres below the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, government administrator Umesh Pandey said.

A 2010 History Channel documentary rated Tenzing Hillary Airport as the world’s most dangerous.

The plane was carrying two pilots and an air hostess. They were all Nepali nationals.

Mr Pandey said all three on board were taken to a local hospital.

One pilot died at the hospital while the other was in critical condition.

Poor weather conditions were preventing a helicopter from flying out of Lukla to bring them to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur said the accident would be investigated.

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.

A wrecked plane wing is seen in mountainous terrain.

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