Simrik Air Helicopter – On Search and Recovery Mission of renowned ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson
Simrik Air Helicopter recovered the body of renowned ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson who had been missing since Monday while skiing down the summit of 8,163 meters Mt. Manaslu and airlifted it to Kathmandu.
On 27th September 2022, upon receiving the information of the missing of the ski mountaineer, Simrik deployed its Airbus H-125 Helicopters with call sign 9N-ALP with Pilot-In-Command Capt. Siddartha Jang Gurung for Aerial search. Nelson reportedly fell into a crevasse as she skied from the summit of the eighth highest mountain in the world with her partner.
Due to adverse weather and limited time frame, Simrik Air Helicopter with call sign 9N-ALP commanded by Capt. Surendra Paudel flew the next day again i.e. on 28th September 2022 with ground search leader Mingma Tenzi Sherpa and Sherpa Team along with the equipment from Elite Himalayan Adventure to continue the search of the stranded ski mountaineer.
During the aerial search, the helicopter located the body and dropped the Sherpas on the location. The Sherpas then with the help of the rope and their equipment recovered the body of the missing ski mountaineer. Our helicopter which was standby at nearby location flew again to transfer the body to Kathmandu TU Teaching Hospital.
Simrik Air Pilots and Rescue Technicians have a proven track record in search, rescue, and recovery operations.
From Individual trekkers and climbers to the Manaslu Avalanche in 2012, Everest Avalanche in April 2014, Annapurna Disaster in October 2014, and Massive Earthquake in Nepal in 2015, Longline search and rescue of Taiwanese National in March 2017, historic search mission of Bulgarian Climber Boyan Petrov from Shishapangma on the territory of Tibetan Autonomous Region, PR China in May 2017, and series of a series of successful high altitude longline flights from Kyajo – Ri, Ama Damblam, and Island Peak in 2019, Simrik Air’s influence has been felt internationally by successfully airlifting survivors from technically demanding terrains with almost no landing sites