What makes the world’s ‘most dangerous’ airport so deadly?

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The death of three people in a plane crash in Nepal has shone a spotlight once again on the airport used by hikers to reach the foothills of Mount Everest, and often labelled the most dangerous in the world.

On Saturday a light aircraft departing Lukla Airport veered off the runway and collided with a stationary helicopter, killing the pilot of the plane and two others standing nearby. An investigation into the accident has begun but officials have said the weather was good, and flights resumed later that day.

Lukla Airport, at 2,845m above sea level in eastern Nepal, is the gateway to the Everest region, with the growing popularity of trekking and climbing up and around the world’s highest mountain…

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