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  Everest 1973 Expedition and the Everest Helicopter!


In 1973 the Italian Expedition Summited Everest. Another huge expedition with sixty plus members led by Guido Monzino. Helicopters were used to shuttle equipment past the Khumbu Icefall. Eight climbers succeed via the South Col Route, including 16 year old Sambhu Tamang of Nepal. It is later revealed that Sambhu was actually 18. Italian Summiters were Rinaldo Carrel, Mirko Minuzzo, Fabrizio Innamorati, Virginio Epis, and Claudio Benedetti. Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa, Sambhu Tamang Sherpa and Sonam Gyalchhen Sherpa also reach the Summit.

Now what you might not know: On 1 April 1973 for the first time a Helicopter landed at 6500 meters (Camp 2) according to the family of one of the pilots who recently died.

The IEE73 helicopter assisted the expedition formed by 53 military plus a scientific equipment of 9 persons for the study of Human Physiology at high height, was the first at all with the support of two Helicopters (named Italia 1 and Italia2) of the Aviazione Leggera dell'Esercito. At the beginning it was sued only for transfer the scientific materials and offer security in case of need. The helicopters were partially disassembled and hauled in two Hercules C130  at Kathmandu. The base was placed at Lukla in February. During the march to approach the Base Camp an unexpected strike of the Sherpas forced the helicopters to carry much of the materials in excess.

 

From there was the need to carry some more materials to Camp 2 at 6500 meters, the second point of scientific research and emergency care. On 1 April 1973 with a charge of 100 kg, 300 lbs of fuel, and the two Pilots Capt. Paolo Landucci and the Srgt. Magg. Nicola Paludi,  EIAA (Italia1) landed. It was the world record the Italian Helicopter.

 

 

By this moment the rule of the Helicopters was indispensable not only for the members of the IEE but also for everyone in danger.

For this reason the 17 April, during a rescue mission to take three person, at 6 pm EIAA, for the bad weather conditions, had a crash landing. It's still there.

 

The tapes recorded during the expedition was discovered after the  death of one of the pilots (Mr Landucci). 270 minutes directly from 1973! In the last side of the third cassette all the voices of the conquest of the summit the 5 of May, and  the second the 7 May (this recorded during a flight mission)! 

 

This is the short story as told to EverestNews.com by the sons of one of the pilots.

Look for much more on this interesting story in the future.

Mr Landucci with the man who needs no introduction.

 

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