December 1, 2023

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6 killed in helicopter crash near Mount Everest in Nepal

6 killed in helicopter crash near Mount Everest in Nepal
At least 5 dead after helicopter carrying Mexican tourists crashes in Nepal File photo of Nepalese soldiers on Mount Everest. EFE/ Narendra Shrestha

Five Mexican tourists And A Nepalese pilot He died on Tuesday when his helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Nepal, Nepalese aviation officials said.

The district deputy superintendent said the six dead have been found, but bad weather has hampered efforts to transport the bodies to the Nepali capital. Solugumbu, Deepak Kumar Shrestha.

Airplane Manang Air It took off from Churke near Lukla in the region Everest at 10:04 a.m. (0419 GMT) in the direction of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, but lost contact 10 minutes after takeoff.

The helicopter was carrying a Nepali pilot and 5 people Mexican citizens from the same family, a couple and their three childrenAccording to the operations and security manager of the Nepali company, who rented the device to see the highest mountain on the planet from the air, Raju Newpane.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has identified the deceased Mexican tourists Fernando Cifuentes, Apric Gonzalez, Luz Gonzalez Olacio, Maria Jose Cifuentes, and Ismael Rincon and Nepali pilot CP Gurunga.

A bird flies over Mount Everest from Namche Bazaar in Solukhumbu District, Nepal. At least 5 people have died in a helicopter crash in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

Weather conditions caused changes in the helicopter’s flight path, an airport official said. Sagar heard.

According to sources, the crash site is about 3,300 meters above sea level and the two helicopters used by authorities to retrieve the bodies could not land due to heavy rain.

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Officials lost contact with the plane this morning as it flew over the northern Solukumbu district, where Mount Everest is located, Newbane added.

The crashed helicopter was found by local residents of the municipality Liku bikeThe Vice President of the area assured. Nwang Lhakpa Sherpa.

Nepal, where plane crashes occur with some frequency, has repeatedly come under international sanctions for lack of regulation.

The European union (EU) has banned Nepali airlines from entering its territory since 2013.

In February 2019, seven people died when a helicopter crashed with seven passengers, including Nepal’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Ravindra Adhikari.

The accident happened a few months later with another company helicopter High winds The accident occurred in a forest area in the district GurkhaIn northern Nepal, 6 people, including the pilot, were killed, while one passenger survived.

Nepal’s worst air crash in recent years occurred in January this year Yeti Airlines The crash, with 72 passengers aboard, did not survive, and officials attributed the crash to human error.

Flight delays and diversions are frequent during the heavy monsoon rains.

The tourist and climbing season ends in May with the onset of the rainy season, and there are usually no tourist flights to the mountains at this time because visibility is poor and the weather is unpredictable.

The European Union (EU) has banned Nepalese planes from flying in its airspace.

(With information from EFE, AP and AFP)

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