Nepal, July 11 (BNA): A helicopter carrying foreign tourists went missing today, Tuesday, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, and contact with the plane was lost.
The helicopter was returning to the capital, Kathmandu, on Tuesday morning after bringing the five tourists on a sightseeing trip to the world’s highest peak, the associated press reported.
Search efforts were under way, with the participation of another helicopter in the air and police and soldiers on the ground. Much of the mountainous areas can only be accessed on foot without roads.
Airport official Sagar Kadel said weather conditions had caused changes to the helicopter’s planned flight path.
It is common for flights to be delayed and to change routes during the monsoon season amidst heavy rains.
The season of tourism and mountaineering ended in May with the onset of the rainy season, and tourist trips to the mountains are less common at this time of the year as visibility is poor and weather conditions become unpredictable.
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