Accidents: Six dead in helicopter crash on Mount Everest

Six dead in helicopter crash on Mount Everest

View of the Himalayas and Mount Everest (archive image). photo

© Sina Schuldt/dpa

Helicopter and plane crashes are common in Nepal. From the EU’s point of view, the country’s aviation safety oversight is inadequate.

A Helicopter with six people on board has crashed in the Himalayas. The bodies of the five Mexican tourists and their Nepalese pilot were found in the wreckage after the crash near the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest on Tuesday, said a police spokesman for the German Press Agency.

The plane of the Nepalese Manang Air took off at 10:04 a.m. local time from Surke Airport in the Solukhumbu district in the direction of the capital Kathmandu and at 10:13 a.m. communication with the machine was broken. The Himalayan region is popular with trekkers and mountaineers. It is now the monsoon season and peak climbing season for Mount Everest.

Plane crashes are common in Nepal. Among other things, this has to do with the fact that many of the highest mountains in the world are located there and weather conditions can change quickly. From the EU’s point of view, the safety supervision by the Nepalese aviation authorities is also insufficient. Because of safety concerns, Nepalese airlines are therefore not allowed to fly in EU airspace. Earlier this year, a larger plane crashed on a domestic flight, killing 72 people. A plane crashed last year, killing 22 people.


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