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
Tamang of Nepal. It is later revealed that Sambhu was actually 18.
Italian Summiters were
Virginio Epis, and
Tamang Sherpa and
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.
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.
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
moment the rule of the Helicopters was indispensable not only for the members
of the IEE but also for everyone in danger.
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.
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
Look for much more on this interesting story in the future.
with the man who needs no introduction.
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