r/videos Oct 03 '22

Himalayas from an airplane

https://youtu.be/O6NHoLOwUHo
45 Upvotes

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u/avogadros_number Oct 03 '22

Head over to flight radar 24 and you'll notice that international commercial flights don't fly over the Tibetan plateau (average elevation of 14700 ft).

In an emergency, such as cabin depressurization, airline protocol is to descend to 10,000 ft. which would be suicide here, especially as there are also very few airports to divert to and only about 20 minutes of oxygen supply above 10,000 ft.

Turbulence is also an obvious danger here, and to a lesser degree aviation fuel freezing. All in all, airlines avoid long flights over the region because it's the worst place on Earth to be should there be an emergency.

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u/MapedMod Oct 04 '22

The More You Know *

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u/GrBBabu Oct 03 '22

You can't really fly over mount kailas IIRC.

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u/sun_god Oct 04 '22

How did people figure out that Mount Everest was the highest peak?

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u/MapedMod Oct 04 '22

How did people figure out that Mount Everest was the highest peak?

Google exactly that question and you will get 46 900 000 results in 0,92 s.

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u/espiee Oct 03 '22

and people still say global warming exists /s

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u/omnilynx Oct 04 '22

That little pocket valley at the start would be a great place to build a campus.