Fishtail Air’s As350 B- AIK under command of Captain Gregor Beer flew very early today to B.P.K.I.H.S (www.bpkihs.edu) , Ghopa Camp, Dharan in the Sunsari district for the aero medical evacuation of Mrs. Kamala Agarwal who needed immediate medical attention from doctors (specialists) in Kathmandu. She was a critical heart patient whose treatment could no longer be carried out in Dharan. She was immediately flown to Kathmandu.
Dharan is a major city in eastern Nepal, in the Sunsari District, situated on foothills of Mahabharat Range with southern tip touching the edge of the Terai at an altitude of 1148 ft (349m).
We wish Mrs. Agarwal the earliest recovery and thank Captain Gregor for flying the machine.
Photo Courtesy: Rakesh Rana
Fishtail Air was notified of a rescue mission at Kanchenjunga. Ms. Clu Wieblich from America was on her way back after her successful attempt at the summit when she could find her way back no more due to snow blindness.
Our bird B3-AJI under command of Captain Deepak JB Rana and new team member Captain Lothar Hasler flew from Kathmandu to Lukla on the 21st of May with the ambition of heading towards the Kanchenjunga region from where the client was supposed to be rescued. However due to marginal weather they had to halt at Lukla for the night. On the 22nd of May they took off again from Lukla towards the Kanchenjunga (summit 8586 m) and overflew the region. They located the client during the overfly. Unfortunately as temperature rose which led to density variation which in turn leads to restrictions in the performance capabilities of the helicopter, our team had to discontinue the mission and fly back to Taplejung for the night. Early this morning,the 23rd of May Captain Lothar Hasler alone flew up to the Kanchenjunga and rescued Ms. Weiblich from about 20300ft and flew her To Lukla from where Swiss Captain Gregor Beer flew her to Kathmandu on our Bell JetRanger – AII.
Fishtail Air wishes her the earliest recovery.
Mt. Kanchenjunga in the Himalayan Range, is the third highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest and K2, with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft. Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations made by the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest (known as Peak XV at the time) was the highest and Kangchenjunga the third-highest. Kangchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition.
American rescued from Kanchenjunga
Holy place Damodar Kunda
Damodar Kunda (lake) – 5400 m is famous specially amongst the Hindu people. This Lake is situated high up in a rain- shadow area of the Himalayas, north of the famous Annapurna range of the upper Mustang region between Kagbeni and Muktinath. Many Hindus dream of taking a holy bath at least once in their lifetime in the sacred Damodar-Kunda, situated at the lap of the Himalayas in the Upper Mustang area of Nepal.
It is also mentioned in Puran that two sons of Kubers were suffering from their wrongdoing and sin that were committed in a previous life. Lord Krishna suggested they take a bath in this Kunda and immediately after taking a bath they were released from all their sin.
On the 17th and 18th of May we had an operation of taking 35 passengers up to Damodar Kunda from Jomsom and back. They were all Indian Citizens from the state of Maharastra aged from 30-60. Our AS350 B3-AJI was flown by Capt. Deepak Rana. A couple of shuttles were undertaken to complete the mission. Security personnel were also taken on the flights as per regulations.
We hope the group had a wonderful spiritual feeling. Thank you for flying with Fishtail Air.
AS 350 B3 @ Damodar Kunda
Simone Moro a celebrity, mountaineer has joined Fishtail Team as the rescue pilot. Mr. Moro, who has the record of climbing Everest four times and other 8000m mountains 11 times, is a very well known person in mountaineering fraternity. His achievement in the winter summit of Gasherbrum II (8035m) in 2011 Feb was well honored & created a history in mountaineering world. Having climbed Makalu (8463m) & Sisha Pangma (8027m) in winter, Simone Moro is the only man in the world with full winter climbs of three 8000m peaks. Having him in the team, of Fishtail Air is proud & honored, believe to explore remote cliffs and corners of the Himalayan peaks to help mountaineers at crisis, through his vast experience of climbing. Further information can be received from www.simonemoro.com
Pilot- Simone Moro
Mr. Simone Moro with Fishtail Air's CEO, Mr. Suman Pandey
The search for the two lost French Climbers and one Sherpa at Manaslu continued today after they couldn’t find them on the 13th of May (to relate to previous news click here). Our B3 helicopter commanded by Capt. Gerold Biner, Pilot Simone Moro & rescue specialist Bruno flew to Manaslu region and this time they found the dead body of the Sherpa.
The search for the missing others have been stopped for the time being.
We thank our team for the perseverance.
Fishtail on a human sling operation
Rescue from Manaslu Base Camp
On the 14th and 15th May, we had done aerial search on Thulagi Peak 7057 m (which is also called Mansiri Himal). The mountain had been scouted in the entire altitude, from the top till the bottom in all the faces. No life could be seen and today 15th we saw a tent at around 6300 m. It was dark green in color, and it was located on the south face. We landed and one of our rescuers jumped out from the helicopter and went inside the tent. There were sleeping bags and some equipment but no human sign. Few pieces of equipment have been taken as a proof of our research to be recognized by the family. When we took off from that place (6300 m) and we found some footprints above the tent, ending in a sharp ridge. We searched a lot below that ridge and above. We also went to other directions starting from other potential climbing routes but nothing could be found. From my climbing experience I’m quite sure that they fell in a crevasse or from that ridge because that place was really dangerous.
Report by: Capt. Simone Moro
Our rescue team near the climber's tent
Footprints of the Climbers
Tent used by Belarussian Climbers
Fishtail Air’s team led by Capt. Siddartha Jung Gurung and Air Zermatt’s pilot Gerold Biner made a search over the peak Tulagi, which is at the south of Mt. Manaslu to find the two Belarusian climbers who have been missing for the last couple of days. Although the search was made around coordinates provided, there was no trace of the missing climbers and the aircraft had to return due to bad weather.
Rescue site @ Manaslu
Fate can work wonders, who knew when they started with their Expedition on the 28th of March to Mt. Manaslu that they would face such a day. Three French Mountain Climbers and two Sherpa had a successful ascent to the summit of Mt Manaslu (8163m). They lost each other during their descent due to weather reasons a few days ago.
Fishtail Air undertook the responsibility of the mission and early this morning as soon as the weather was clear, two of our fleet AS350B3 and the B2, AJI and AIW respectively equipped for a Sling operation commanded by Captain Siddartha Gurung, Captain Ashish Sherchan and Captain Gerold Biner (Air Zermatt) along with our rescue technicians Tshering Pande Bhote and Bruno took off from Kathmandu. Tshering, who has summited Mt. Everest numerous times, had been trained at Air Zermatt, Switzerland for Sling Rescue operation last year. Our team flew up to Manaslu region and found one Sherpa (Mingma Gyalje Sherpa) and one French of the expedition team of 5 at 5900m between Camp I and Camp II. The rescue was carried out by Sling operation. Our team is going back to the Manaslu region again tomorrow to search for the missing two French climbers and a Sherpa.
Previously on the 5th of May Fishtail Air recovered the long lost body of Mr. Park Haeng Su from Manaslu Camp II. Mt. Manaslu (8,163m / 26,781ft) is situated in the central region of Nepal in the Gorkha massif is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Japanese were the first to climb Manaslu Mountain in 1956. There was a South Korean attempt in 1971 and in April 1972 an avalanche that killed five climbers and 10 Sherpas.
Human Sling Operation
Manaslu Peak and foot print in Summit Slope
Fishtail Air @ Manaslu Base Camp
Early morning today Fishtail Air’s AS350-B3+- AJI was all setup for a recovery flight of human remains from Manaslu Base Camp II (approx. 6400m).
Captain Ashish Sherchan and Air Zermatt’s Captain Daniel Aufdenblatten were under command of our helicopter. They took off from Kathmandu along with AS350 B2- AIW alongside flown by Captain Jurg Segessenmann and the camera crew for the filming and assistance for the operation. The two helicopters flew side by side to Manaslu Camp II where the body of a South Korean mountain climber Mr. Park Haeng Su was recovered from 6400m.
Late Mr. Su and his friend were on their way to the summit of Manaslu (8163m) a year ago when they experienced tough weather. As a result of whiteout they lost their way. Our helicopter had flown there immediately as they called for rescue but the search was futile. A year later the Sherpa’s found the body and once again Fishtail Air was handed over the responsibility of bringing his body down. The tough mission was a success when the body was brought to Kathmandu Airport from where it was transported immediately to Teaching Hospital for post mortem. Late Mr. Park’s family and friends were here to receive his body.
Fishtail Air’s condolences to Mr. Park’s family and we hope that our contribution to a better farewell proves to be of some help.
We shall continue with the search for Late Mr. Park’s friend who was also lost along with him on their ascent. We also thank Captain Daniel Aufdenblatten for flying with us this season as this was his final mission before he left for Switzerland this evening.
Dead body dropped to Manaslu Base Camp
1st of May it was when Mr Rick Hitcha from the USA was taking his last breath at Everest base camp 2 while on his way up to the summit. He suffered a serious heart attack and succumbed to death that very day. Today the 3rd of May Fishtail Air undertook the responsibility of bringing his body down to the capital. Our AS350 B3- AJI was flown up to Everest Base Camp 2 (6500m) under command of Captain Siddhartha J. Gurung from where he completed the mission without fail and the deceased’s body was directly flown to Lukla and then to Teaching Hospital at Kathmandu for necessary procedures.
Fishtail Air sends our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
Rescue from Everest Base Camp II
Fishtail Air @ rescue mission