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At least 5 dead after helicopter carrying foreign tourists crashes near Mount Everest in Nepal

by Michael Nguyen
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Mount Everest helicopter crash

A helicopter ferrying foreign tourists near Mount Everest in Nepal tragically crashed, resulting in at least five fatalities, reported on Tuesday. An additional passenger remains unaccounted for.

The ill-fated helicopter went down in the Lamajura region. Rescuers have managed to recover five bodies so far and are still in search of the sixth, according to Basanta Bhattarai, the senior government official in the area.

The helicopter was en route back to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, Tuesday morning after giving the five tourists an aerial tour of the world’s tallest mountain peak.

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It’s believed that the tourists who fell victim to the crash were citizens of Mexico, while the pilot was a native of Nepal.

Sagar Kadel, an official at the airport, suggested that weather-related issues led to alterations in the helicopter’s originally planned course.

During the monsoon season, flight delays and route modifications are a common occurrence due to heavy rainfall.

The peak period for tourism and mountaineering concluded in May, coinciding with the onset of the rainy season. Tourist flights to mountainous regions are infrequent during this period, primarily due to reduced visibility and unpredictable weather conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mount Everest helicopter crash

How many people died in the helicopter crash near Mount Everest?

At least five people were killed in the helicopter crash near Mount Everest.

What was the helicopter doing before it crashed?

The helicopter was returning to Kathmandu after providing a sightseeing trip for the tourists to Mount Everest.

Who were the passengers on the helicopter?

The passengers on the helicopter were believed to be Mexican nationals.

Was anyone else on board the crashed helicopter?

Yes, the pilot, who was a Nepalese national, was also on board.

What caused the helicopter crash?

The exact cause of the crash is not confirmed, but changes to the helicopter’s planned flight route were made due to weather conditions.

Are helicopter tours common during the monsoon season in Nepal?

No, such tours are less frequent during the monsoon season due to poor visibility and unpredictable weather conditions.

Is there any ongoing search and rescue operation?

Yes, rescuers have recovered five bodies so far and are currently searching for one missing person.

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5 comments

NepalNative July 11, 2023 - 9:46 am

It’s a tragedy. But let’s not forget the bravery of our rescuers, risking their lives to save others. proud of them.

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LindaB July 11, 2023 - 12:56 pm

So awful to hear this… Those poor people probably just wanted to see the beauty of Everest. RIP.

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Mike_S July 11, 2023 - 4:19 pm

Terrible news man. Condolences to the families. Helicopter tours can be risky, especilly in weather like this.

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TrekkerSam July 11, 2023 - 9:42 pm

ive trekked the himalayas before, the weather can get nasty real quick. More precautions shld be taken.

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GlobeTrotter91 July 12, 2023 - 6:05 am

Just goes to show, nature is so unpredictable. I was in Nepal last year, beautiful country. Thoughts are with the families.

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