Helicopter with six on board goes missing near Mount Everest in Nepal

File photo of Mount Everest as seen from Namche Bazar in Solukhumbu district in Nepal. On July 11, 2023, A helicopter carrying foreign tourists went missing from the Mount Everest region in Nepal and contact with the aircraft was lost. representative image. , Photo Credit: AP

A Manang Air helicopter with six people on board went missing near Mount Everest in Nepal on Tuesday (July 11), aviation officials said.

Kathmandu airport official Teknath Sitaula said there were five Mexican and one Nepalese pilot on board. reuters,

The helicopter was returning to the capital Kathmandu on Tuesday morning after taking five tourists on a tour of the world’s highest peak.

A search effort was underway involving another helicopter in the sky and police and soldiers on the ground. Most of the mountainous region is accessible only on foot without any roads.

According to Tribhuvan International Airport General Manager Pratap Babu Tiwari, the chopper with the call sign 9N-AMV lost contact 15 minutes after takeoff.

The chopper took off from Surki in Solukhumbu for the capital Kathmandu at 9:45 am. kathmandu post The newspaper quoted Gyanendra Bhul, information officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, as saying. It was piloted by Senior Captain Chet Gurung Himalayan Times The newspaper has written quoting a source.