Plane carrying climbers to Mount Everest hits bird and crashes, killing 19
KATMANDU, Nepal — A plane carrying trekkers to the Mount Everest region hit a bird and crashed just after takeoff Friday in Nepal’s capital, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said.
The pilot of the domestic Sita Air flight reported trouble two minutes after takeoff and appeared to have been trying to turn back, said Kathmandu airport official Ratish Chandra Suman. The crash site is only 500 metres (547 yards) from the airport, and the wrecked plane was pointing toward the airport area. Suman said the plane hit a vulture just after it took off, causing the crash. (AP Photo; AFP/GettyImages)
Canadian climber Shriya Shah-Klorfine among three dead in Mount Everest ‘death zone’
Shriya Shah-Klorfine, of Toronto, was among three people who died while descending from the summit Saturday in what are being described as overcrowded conditions.
“My wife was someone who lived life to its fullest, with irrepressible energy and vitality,” said her husband Bruce Klorfine. “She died in the pursuit of her dreams, and with the satisfaction of having achieved them.”
The three climbers who died were believed to have suffered exhaustion and altitude sickness, Nepali mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said. Two others were missing Monday as officials were still gathering details from descending climbers.
The death toll raised concerns about overcrowding in what’s known as the “death zone” at the top of Everest.