||Hi, I'm Jay Reilly, an
expedition staff member of the 2002 Ama Dablam International
Expedition with Dan Mazur and Rex Dougherty. Here's an update for
still in Bangkok! At the gate yesterday, approx 5 mins before the
plane was due to leave, we were informed the airport at Kathmandu
was closed. Apparently a helicopter had crashed on the runway.
According to news reports, the Russian Military chopper snagged a
rotor shortly after takeoff and went down with 9 people aboard. It
is unknown if anybody was seriously injured. Rex is a former
helicopter mechanic and speculates the snag could have been caused
by a too sharp take-off and the rotor may have struck the ground.
Bangkok was certainly worth the stopover though - we were put up in
a 5 star hotel, fed the most exquisite Thai food (last minute
calorie cram before the trip), and taken on a fantastic tour of the
city by a local entrepreneur, Dak. A ride on a Dragon Boat (long
skinny boat with a v8 engine mounted on a stick) was definitely a
highlight, with temple visits and floating markets. Well, we're
about to try and leave the city again! Stay tuned. Jay, Dan, Rex.
expedition is organized by SUMMITCLIMB.COM