The co-pilot of a cargo plane that smashed into the mountains near Mt Everest has an NZ paramedic and two other Kiwis to thank for his life. Paramedic Andrew Roy was one of three Kiwis involved in the dramatic rescue which happened on Saturday May 27th just below the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal.
Surround by highly flammable jet fuel, the rescuers cut open the cockpit, giving access to the pilot, who didn’t survive the crash, and the co-pilot. Roy then pulled the co-pilot from the wreckage after directing a team who were able to pull a conscious but critically injured air hostess to safety.
They were extremely lucky to retrieve all three on board and give the co-pilot and hostess their best chance at survival.
The team of New Zealand medics have been described as heroes for their roles in the daring rescue