A helicopter carrying expedition supplies has crashed near Mt. Dhaulagiri. The Heli Everest chopper with call sign 9N-AMB was being piloted by senior captain Priya Adhikari when the incident occurred. Adhikari was ferrying cargo from the Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp when the helicopter crashed. Fortunately, Captain Adhikari survived the crash.

The helicopter took off from the Italian Base Camp at approximately 11:00 am and disappeared after flying only 1.6 nautical miles. Heli Everest officials confirmed the crash and stated that the chopper was damaged. The cause of the crash has not been disclosed at this time.

Lakpa Sherpa, Heli Everest Chairman, announced that an Air Dynasty chopper was mobilized for a rescue operation. Captain Adhikari was transported to Mediciti Hospital for medical check-ups, and Sherpa added that her condition was stable.

This incident has once again highlighted the dangers of helicopter travel in the Himalayan region, where weather conditions and difficult terrain pose significant challenges. The crash occurred in a remote area near Mt. Dhaulagiri, which is one of the 8000m peaks in the world. The expedition team will no doubt be shaken by this incident, but they will need to regroup quickly to ensure that they can continue with their mission.

The incident is a reminder of the critical role that helicopters play in supporting expedition logistics in remote areas. Helicopters are often the only means of transporting people and supplies to and from remote locations in the Himalayas, and the importance of their role cannot be overstated.

In recent years, there have been several incidents involving helicopter crashes in the region. While the cause of this particular crash has not yet been determined, it underscores the need for improved safety measures and protocols to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.

As the rescue operation continues and investigations into the crash are conducted, our thoughts are with the expedition team and all those affected by this incident. We hope that Captain Adhikari makes a full recovery and that the expedition can continue as planned.

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