The Wings of Buddha

After Chitwan, we travelled to Kathmandu.

 

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We booked a morning mountain flight.  Buddha Air operates small planes that go on tourist flights around Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks.  Kathmandu Airport has a bad reputation for safety.  We were on the  tarmac about to board the plane, when the ground staff told us there was a technical problem and we had to go back into the terminal.  Half an hour later we were back in the plane.  Every one had a window seat and the view of the mountains was amazing.

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Mt. Everest is at the far right.

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After the flight landed, we found out the reason for the delay was that one of the planes that took off before us had crashed not far from the airport.  All of the 19 people aboard were killed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19754351

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7 comments on “The Wings of Buddha
  1. helenstubbs says:

    Lucky they sorted that out before they took you up, then. The question is, if you’d known about the crash, would you still have gone up?

  2. Aidan says:

    Well you have to figure it is pretty unlikely for two planes to crash in a row.

  3. Dauro Veras says:

    Now we’re brothers in surviving aircrashes. I have a similar story that happened in my childhood.

  4. Adam says:

    Breathtaking. Literally and metaphysically.

  5. Aidan says:

    @Dauro. That’s right. I remember you mentioning that before. Scary stuff.

  6. Naoko Abo says:

    These are very beautiful pictures. I love to see mountains from the plane.
    Thank you for showing these pictures. とっても綺麗!ありがとう。 nao

  7. sdebeck says:

    Yes, count your blessings. We heard about this in the news. Great to see the window shot of Everest. I had the same experience way back in the 70′s! Very exciting to see it for real!

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