The calibration flight for measuring the height of the Mount Everest region has been started since this morning. A Beechcraft B300C aircraft with registration ‘B-10TR’ was deployed for the calibration mission after the flight permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, stated source.
The aircraft entered Nepal’s airspace (VNSM) this morning and flew at an altitude of 33,800 feet. The aircraft had left Nepal’s airspace and returned to China at around 10:30 A.M.
A Chinese surveyor team had arrived at the summit on May 27 to measure the height of Mount Everest. Meanwhile, the Department of Surveying and Mapping also measured the height of Everest on the Nepal side on May 22, 2019. According to the Department of Survey, the task of data processing is underway and is already in the final stage.
The department planned to unveil the height of Everest organizing an international seminar. “However, it is not possible due to the lockdown enforced to fight COVID-19,” said Information officer for the department.
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanchi had also tweeted a few days ago that Nepal and China would jointly announce the height of Everest in public.
At present, 8848 meters is considered the height of the world’s tallest peak. This was done in 1954 by a foreign company. This time, Nepal has mobilized its own resources and technology.