Statement 01, 11:05 AM, Kathmandu, 14th April, 2019
Summit Air regrets to inform that Lukla Airport has confirmed that our aircraft registered as 9N-AMH earlier in the morning today had an accident during the take-off roll from Lukla. The aircraft swung to the right and hit Manang Air helicopter at the helicopter parking area.
There were no passengers in the aircraft. Only three crew were on board. Captain R.B.Rokaya has sustained injuries and has already been brought to Kathmandu and admitted to hospital.
Unfortunately, our First Officer Sujit Dhungana sustained serious injuries and succumbed to the injuries. Furthermore, Mr. Ram Bdr. Khadka and Mr. Rudra Bdr Shrestha (Asst. Sub. Inspector) who was on duty at the helipad, also succumbed to the injuries.
Manang Air Captain Chet Bdr. Gurung who was in the helicopter when this accident occurred, also has been injured. Other injured crew members and ground personnel have been brought to Kathmandu.
Manoj Karki, Managing director of Summit Air added: “I am absolutely shocked. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at Summit Air. Our first priority now is the well-being of the injured persons and family members of those affected by this unfortunate accident.”
Further information shall be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call center has been established and available for families seeking information. Family members of expired and injured persons please contact on 01-5199545 / 014117524.