On April 25, 2015, an 7.8 earthquake in Nepal killed more than 2,800 people. It also caused an avalanche near Mount Everest, where at least 1,000 climbers had been when the earthquake struck. The avalanche killed 17 people, making it the deadliest day on the mountain. Rescue helicopters airlifted dozens of injured climbers. As Belgian climber Jelle Veyt tweeted from the mountain, ironically, Mother Nature was on their side after the avalanche. “Clear sky makes helicopter rescue possible for the badly injured.”
Dateline NBC has collected survival stories from Nepal including those from the heroic helicopter pilot who saved the climbers. Richard Engel reports on June 28 at 7pm.