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Wingsuit flier Joby Ogwyn, who planned to jump off the summit of Mt. Everest on a live TV, lost his Sherpa team.
Citing the tragic avalanche Friday that claimed at least 13 lives, Discovery Channel on Sunday canceled “Everest Jump Live,” an historic event in which wingsuit flier Joby Ogwyn was to summit Mount Everest and jump off on live TV.
The deadly avalanche, the single-worst disaster in the iconic mountain’s history, swept through the Khumbu Icefall above Mount Everest base camp as Sherpas were installing fixed ropes in preparation for the climbing season, which was just getting underway.
About 50 climbers, mostly Sherpas at work, were engulfed in a cloud of snow and ice over the area. Originally, 12 Sherpas were reported dead, four were reported missing, and six were reported injured.
“A cliff of snow, like a house, came directly toward us, and many were killed at the same time,” Kaji Sherpa told The New York Times from a hospital bed in Katmandu, Nepal. “There was nowhere to escape. If there was an open field, we could have dropped the baggage and escaped. But there was snow all around us that could have easily fallen if we stepped on it. So we were helpless.”