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How close are planes allowed to fly to Mt. Everest?

Probably not too close. 29,029 feet is close to a lot of planes' cruising altitudes. That cuts it a BIT close. Thinking of that made me imagine a climbing team finally, finally, finally summitting this mountain that's claimed so many lives, but they can take oxygen-deprived pride at standing at the single highest rock on our planet when VROOOOOOSH a 767 buzzes and knocks the climbers, the sherpas, the equipment off into the jet backwash...

Oy. I got dizzy just writing that. Sorry.

But now I really do wonder how close you're allowed to fly to Mt. Everest. No idea if even the Internet knows this.

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slipjig
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Apparently, if I'm reading this article correctly, the limits on how close you can get aren't regulatory but practical, varying according to weather and turbulence. There are tourist flights both private and commercial that'll take you in close for sightseeing purposes. (That said, you probably wouldn't want to land on the thing, but there you go.)

Yes, apparently I have the Must Google This Right Away gene.
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