Pilot Ernst Saxer and co pilot Emil Wick of the Swiss Dhaulagiri expedition's aircraft, which crashed May 5, were filmed at the Swiss Mission in Kathmadu, Nepal, May 14.
SV Ernst Saxer and Emil Wick with Swiss officials
MV The two pilots (Saxer on right)
MV Two pilots
CU Pilot removes shoe for frost-bite check
CU Wick talking to official
SV Two men talk to official
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Background: Pilot Ernst Saxer and co pilot Emil Wick of the Swiss Dhaulagiri expedition's aircraft, which crashed May 5, were filmed at the Swiss Mission in Kathmadu, Nepal, May 14.
A Swiss 'Pilatus Porter' aircraft, nicknamed 'Yeti' (Abominable Snowman), was used to airlift men and luggage of the expedition 16,000 ft up on the North Col of Dhaulagiri, the world's highest unscaled mountain.
On May 5, Saxer and Wick took expedition leader Max Eiselin from Pokhra to the North Col acclimatization camp and then went on to find a suitable spot for landing higher up on the mountainside. After a brief landing on a snow plateau at 17,2000 ft, the 'Yeti' was airborne only for 30 seconds when it developed a mechanical fault and crashed into the snow.
Unhurt by the impact, Saxer and Wick climbed from the wreckage and found that 'Yeti' would never fly again. After three day's wait at the scene of the crash they took parts of the plane - which had stood through 26 landings on the mountain - as souvenirs and began the descent. Five days later they reached their operational base at Pokhra, before flying back to Kathmandu. Both Saxer and Wick were well except for slight frost-bite.