Five Mexicans killed in helicopter crash en route to Everest

(CNN) — Five Mexican nationals and one Nepalese were killed in a helicopter crash in Solugumbu district of Koshi province in Nepal, the Embassy of Mexico in India confirmed on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the embassy, ​​it is known that all those traveling in the helicopter died in this incident. A statement shared on Twitter.

Earlier, a helicopter carrying six people had crashed in Nepal, a spokesperson for the Kathmandu International Airport said. Of the six people on board, five were Mexican passengers and the sixth was a Nepalese pilot, a spokesman told CNN.

The Manang Air helicopter took off from Nepal’s Solukhumbu district for the capital Kathmandu at 10:05 a.m. local time (12:20 a.m. ET), according to a statement issued by the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority.

It lost contact less than 10 minutes later, at 10:13 a.m., the spokesman said, without elaborating on why it crashed or what is believed to be the cause.

People carry the body of a man who died in a helicopter crash at Tribhuvan University Hospital in Kathmandu on July 11, 2023. A tourist helicopter in Nepal has crashed shortly after takeoff on Mount Everest, killing all six people on board. region on July 11, airline officials said. (Photo: Prakash Mehdima/AFP via Getty Images)

Mexican Ambassador to India Federico Salas said Interview with Mexican television station Televisa The crash was near Mount Everest, “where they were going by helicopter.”

According to Kathmandu International Airport spokesperson Teknath Situla, six bodies were recovered after the crash.

Nepal has a poor air safety record: inclement weather, low visibility, and mountainous terrain contribute to the country’s reputation as being extremely dangerous for air travel.

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With reporting by CNN’s Manveena Suri.

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