Discovery Channel has cancelled its plans for a live daredevil special set at Mount Everest, after 12 Sherpa guides were killed Friday morning in an avalanche — the single deadliest accident to ever take place on Earth’s highest mountain.
“In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live,” the cabler said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”
Set to air May 11 and capping five nights of live pre-show specials, Everest Jump Live was to follow California resident Joby Ogwyn as he attempted the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.
But on April 18, a high-altitude avalanche at Everest killed 12 Sherpa guides (in a group of about 50), seriously wounded three, injured several others and left at least four people missing, according to most recent reports. The Nepalese guides were among a group that was seeding commercial trails with supplies ahead of the climbing season starting later this month.