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Tragedy Strikes Mount Everest: Helicopter Crash Claims Lives in the Himalayas

A private commercial helicopter with six people aboard including five Mexican nationals that went missing near the Mount Everest area in Nepal on Tuesday has crashed in a hilly terrain in the country’s eastern region, officials said.

Gyanendra Bhul, Manager at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) said that the Manang Air NA-MV chopper took off from Surke Airport in Solukhumbu district at 10:04 am for Kathmandu and suddenly lost contact at an altitude above 12,000 feet at 10:13 am. The chopper crashed in the Lamjura area of Likhupike Rural Municipality in the remote mountainous Solukhumbu district. A detailed report is yet to come as a rescue operation is underway, said a senior official at TIA.“Locals have informed us that the helicopter crashed with a loud explosion and they saw fire at the crash site,” the official said. 

The last location of the chopper was tracked at 10:12 am in the Lamjura Pass area, said Raju Neupane, operation and safety manager of Manang Air. Local police have been mobilized in the area. Earlier, two helicopters sent to locate the crash site had to return due to bad weather, the senior airport official said, adding that the exact reason behind the crash is not known yet.Five Mexican nationals and pilot Chet B Gurung were aboard the helicopter. Founded in 1997, Manang Air is a helicopter airline based in Kathmandu. It has been operating helicopters in commercial air transportation within the Nepalese territory under the Regulation of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

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