In a dangerous operation, Fishtail Air airlifted the dead body of a Danish mountaineer Philip Ulrich using sling operation at Mt. Kyajo Ri(6186m/ 20,290 feet) in the Khumbu Himal. Unfortunately Ulrich fell to his death (from 18,500m), between Base Camp and summit. Late Philip Ulrich (52 years) was climbing Mt. Kyajo Ri with his son.
Sherpas were unable to retrieve his dead body, as his body had landed at an inaccessible point. As there was no other way to retrieve the dead body, Danish Embassy finally requested ‘Fishtail Air’ to airlift late Ulrich’s body.
Fishtail Air retrieved the dead body using ‘sling operation’, carried out by Capt. Sabin Basnyat and Technician Purna Awale. While Sabin Basnyat controlled the chopper, Mr. Awale hung on to a 45m long rope and tied the dead body to a harness, after which it was flown to safe ground.
This is the first such operation which was carried out by Fishtail Air’s Capt.Sabin Basnyat and Technician Purna Awale after receiving training for the same at ‘Air Zermatt’ in Switzerland last month.
Our tour guides and drivers in Lhasa and the rest of Tibet did an excellent job. They were friendly, knowledgeable, good humored and we had a feeling that they did their best to make it a very good trip!