After Canceling Everest Jump, Discovery Plans Documentary About Deadly Avalanche LA Times
Discovery is working on a 90-minute documentary about the avalanche earlier this month that has proved to be the mountain’s deadliest, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports.
Discovery had planned to air a live jump from the summit of Mount Everest next month, but canceled the project in the aftermath of the disaster. The production brought a camera crew from NBC News on the mountain in preparation for the jump, and the crew captured footage immediately after the avalanche hit, the story notes.
“We were at Mount Everest to make history, but instead we were there as eyewitnesses to history," Discovery Network President Eileen O'Neill said in a statement. "It is essential to tell this story and honor all the Sherpas who lost their lives."
The documentary will show some rescue efforts to save Sherpas, the guides who were the victims of the slide, with 13 Sherpas killed in the avalanche. The program will also feature interviews with Joby Ogwyn, the daredevil who was slated to jump from the top of Everest.
The program, “Everest Avalanche Tragedy,” will air May 4.