While the plane, a Twin Otter, is known for its ability to take off and land on short runways, the Lukla airport is one of the world's most notoriously dangerous. The runway ends in steep drop into the Himalayan valleys.
Yetin Giri, a pilot for the state-owned Nepal Airlines, told DPA:
In many airstrips across Nepal, we don't even have an air controller to guide us in, and we have to rely on a visual approach without the knowledge of surface wind of other conditions.
Wait, a visual approach... In the fog?! If this is our only alternative to getting across the mountain, we'll just hike it.
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