Tiny airstrip a death-defying experience

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Tiny airstrip a death-defying experience

No margin for error at one of Nepal’s busiest airports
Several flights prepare to take off after two days of bad weather disrupted flight services at Lukla Airport, Nepal. Carved out of side of a mountain, the airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1965.
A flight takes off for Katmandu from Lukla Airport. The airstrip sits at an altitude of 9,325 feet and has earned the reputation of being one of the most extreme and dangerous airports in the world.
A passenger reacts during turbulence as her flight approaches Lukla Airport, Nepal.
A woman carrying her child watches a plane take off en route to Katmandu from Lukla. The thousands of mountaineers and trekkers who visit the Everest region have to fly to the airport if they want to avoid a daylong bus trip from Katmandu and five days of trekking to reach here.
A woman takes a rest with her son near Lukla.

Tiny airstrip a death-defying experience

Several flights prepare to take off after two days of bad weather disrupted flight services at Lukla Airport, Nepal. Carved out of side of a mountain, the airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1965.
A flight takes off for Katmandu from Lukla Airport. The airstrip sits at an altitude of 9,325 feet and has earned the reputation of being one of the most extreme and dangerous airports in the world.
A passenger reacts during turbulence as her flight approaches Lukla Airport, Nepal.
A woman carrying her child watches a plane take off en route to Katmandu from Lukla. The thousands of mountaineers and trekkers who visit the Everest region have to fly to the airport if they want to avoid a daylong bus trip from Katmandu and five days of trekking to reach here.
A woman takes a rest with her son near Lukla.
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