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Monday, June 17, 2013

Airport to Everest presents a risky flight

An Italian climber waits at Lukla airport, Nepal. Carved out of the side of a mountain, the airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1965, and at an altitude of 9,325 feet it has earned the reputation of being one of the most extreme and dangerous airports in the world.