Helicopter Crashes in Pamir Mountains – Climbers Injured, Pilot Killed

by Greg Mortenson – Climbing.com On March 8th, a Soviet era Mi-8 helicopter owned by the state carrier Tajik Air, which was transporting eleven climbers, crashed in the Pamir mountains, according to a statement issued by the Interior Minister. The helicopter had three crew, and a Tajik translator, and climbers from Austria, Switzerland, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany and Great Britain. Davlat Habibov, the director of the International Mountaineering Centre Alp-Mashkov, where the climbers were based, said the climbers had picked up by a helicopter in good weather about 2:00 p.m. in the village of Vir, in the Shugnan district. The helicopter crashed in the Gund valley about 50 miles east of Khorog, the provincial capital of Tajikistan´s Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO) region, near the Afghan border. Read the report at Climbing.com. ( Source: Climbing magazine ) News headlines Browse 3 months of news No more recent news… April 2008: MCC ´Christie´s 24-hour Seven Summits Challenge´. Tremadog Festival 2008 – Wanted: You! Alex Honnold solos Zion´s Moonlight Buttress Avon Gorge – Business As Usual More Gear Testers Needed – The Osprey Mutant – Six of Them Avon Gorge Access Ban – Suspension Bridge Buttress BMC Leading Ladder – Shock Result! Serious new route on north face of Mt. Alberta Helicopter Crashes in Pamir Mountains – Climbers Injured, Pilot Killed Spanish 9a+ & Live Alpine Help on UKC Alpkit Innovation Again March 2008: Everest Open – Jagged Globe set to climb DMM My First Lead Comp Spot Prizes Josune Bereziartu turns to winter Alpinism Schools trips essential for education says HSE New Guidebook To The Peak District Longstone Edge Quarrying Update Natalya Gros climbs 8c+ 17 year old Charlotte Durif onsights F8b+ BMC Leading Ladder Final – This Saturday New Articles this week on UKC Ondra – Dreamtime V14 – Aged 15 – With Video SkyMasters Challenge Competition Report Adam Ondra 9a, 8c+, 8c in a day – with Video Dave MacLeod comments on the grade of Darwin Dixit Dave MacLeod – Pivotal Scottish First Ascent Charlotte Mason – "Downsized" Pete Whittaker – E9 Update with Photo Pete Whittaker climbs new grit E9 7a Henry Iddon – Spots Of Time: Exhibition and Book VIDEO: Dave MacLeod redpointing Darwin Dixit 8c MEF – Can you help? Want A Job At UKClimbing.com? Amazing New Photo Feature on UKC Dave MacLeod 8c Solo in Spain ShAFF Winners Announced Everest Closed – Chinese Olympic bid stops climbers PODsacs After Keen Climbers Jack Geldard – UKClimbing.com´s New Editor George Smith – Genius and other LLAMFF News UKC Quiz – Now Live Beth Rodden climbs ´Meltdown´ – Trad 5.14 LLAMFF Quiz Action – Thursday on UKC James McHaffie – New Slate F8b Exciting Week at UKC BMC Leading Ladder – Grand Final Approaching Katy Whittaker – Grit E7 George Smith – Upside Down Wales Video Piolet d´Or 2008 – Cancelled February 2008: Want a Job? Tom Randall Climbs Amazing 20ft+ Ceiling Crack near Bath Matt Birch Repeats Mandala Sit, Font 8b+/V14 Young Welsh Expats clean up in New Zealand The New Slatesman – F8b – Pete Robins on fire Great Articles at UKClimbing.com ShAFF Competition: One last chance 18-year-old Katy Whittaker Flashes Nosferatu E6 Important BMC Climbing News Parry and Buys battle it out for Reservoir Dogs New Winter Record for the Ramsay Round Jody Hansen Climbs V12 – Font 8a+ at Hueco Two Women Climb Brad Pit EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: The Amazing SkyMasters Challenge Wall The Arrans Of Arabia Impact Day E8/9 Climbed Twice Today by George Ullrich Excellent weather sparks a whirlwind of British attempts on the Eiger Ten year-old Josie Ball´s New Route Frenzy E8 in the Lakes in February? Ueli Steck, Eiger North Face in 2 hours 47 minutes 33 seconds Paul Williams, Slate of The Art at LLAMF Adam Ondra Half-term break: 9a+, 9a+, 9a, 8c A World In A Photograph Another Mega Traverse In Patagonia Flurry of winter desperates from Guy Robertson 34 day Solo on New Patagonian Big Wall Eiger Record Broken by Rising Stars of Alpinism Page 3 Gal Crowns Climber – Britain´s Manliest Man James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b Alpine Extravaganza and more at UKClimbing.com BMC Leading Ladder – Grand Final Dates January 2008 headlines…