March 2007 News

European skiers safe in Kashmir

17 March 2007

London: Three European skiers who went missing on a helicopter flight in the mountains of Indian-administered Kashmir have reappeared in the capital, Srinagar. The leader of the team, Frenchman Sylvan Sudan, said they had got stuck after the pilot had to crash-land at 14,000ft (4,200 metres). Mr Sudan said it took the group 10 hours to ski back down. The pilot was rescued by the air force. Officials say the helicopter went down between Srinagar and Sonmarg. Sonmarg is a mountainous area, 86km (55 miles) north-east of Srinagar. Mr Sudan is known as the 'impossible skier' for having skied on some of the world's most difficult slopes. He is believed to have been one of the few climbers to have scaled the Hidden Peak - known as K5 - which is Pakistan's third highest mountain. Mr Sudan runs the Himalaya Ski Club which, despite the insurgency, brings foreign 'heli-skier' tourists to Kashmir.


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