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7 summits and other mountain stuff => News => Topic started by: 7summits on May 28 2003, 19:55

Title: Helicopter crashes in Everest basecamp: 2 dead, 6 injured
Post by: 7summits on May 28 2003, 19:55
Seems that basecamp is a much more dangerous place than the mountain itself...
"Two people died and six were injured when a helicopter crashed near Mount Everest base camp on Wednesday, marring celebrations ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain.

The two dead were both Nepalis, said an army officer, who had earlier put the death toll at three.

A German woman and a helicopter crewman from Kazakhstan were among the injured, hospital officials in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, said.

The Russian-buit Mi-17, owned by private Simrik Airlines, was carrying nine people, including a crew of four, to the camp when it crashed. The cause of the crash was not known.

The helicopter was on its way to the camp to pick up climbers - including Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who this week set a record of 10 hours and 46 minutes for the fastest climb from base camp - an airport official said.

More than 1,000 people are at the base camp, part of more than 20 expeditions trying to climb the world's highest mountain, 8,850 metres tall, for Thursday's 50th anniversary of the first ascent.

The base camp itself is at 5,350 metres and most people trek for days through the mountains to reach it. Flying in by helicopter can be dangerous because of the high altitude, thin air and occasional high winds.

About 450 people who have reached the summit are in Nepal for the anniversary, including 83-year-old Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to reach the top along with Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Tenzing died in 1986."

Reuters
(as found on Nzoom.com (http://onenews.nzoom.com/onenews_detail/0,1227,193719-1-9,00.html))

Title: Re:Helicopter crashes in Everest basecamp: 2 dead, 6 injured
Post by: trunl on Oct 17 2003, 08:14
nobody let this stop them in their quest to conquer everest. it is very rare and has only happened a couple of times out of the thousands of people that attempt everest every year.