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Nanga Parbat: impossible to send a helicopter to search Nardi and Ballard

Pakistan airspace closed after clashes with India

The clashes between India and Pakistan are putting in serious danger not only the stability of the region (see AVIONEWS), but also the research operations of Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard or the two climbers engaged in climbing the Nanga Parbat, the ninth most mountain high of the Earth with its 8126 meters and famous for having been nicknamed "the killing mountain". The two did not communicate to the base camp for about 48 hours and initially thought it was due to the bad weather that caught them during the ascent from the never travelled via the spur Mummery, but this morning despite the good weather there was no contact neither radio nor visual. On the spot to try to locate the two mountaineers, a helicopter had to be sent, which should have taken off from Pakistan with the expert Alì Sadpara on board, the first along with Simone Moro and Alex Txicon to conquer the summit of Nanga Parbat during the Winter in 2016. The aim was to scour the area of the Mummery spur and the two Kingshofer and Messner streets so as to check if Nardi and Ballard are still alive, but the helicopter could not take off and was stuck in Skardu at due to the closure of Pakistan's airspace. The ambassador in Islamabad, Stefano Pontecorvo, has been warned about this issue. Together with his British counterpart he is trying to convince the government to open the airspace for the helicopter in an exceptional way.

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