RAF wing commander father-of-two plunged 3,300ft headfirst to his dying ‘with out even crying out’ after catching his rucksack on a rock throughout army expedition within the Himalayas
- Gordon Henderson from Fife was scaling the 26,414ft Broad Peak mountain
- Just 39ft from the summit, his rucksack caught a rock and he toppled over aspect
- Mountain information Francois Cazzanelli stated the officer did not even cry out as he fell
An RAF hero father-of-two has plunged 3,300ft headfirst to his dying within the Himalayas throughout a climbing expedition ‘with out even crying out’.
Wing Commander Gordon Henderson misplaced his stability whereas scaling the 26,414ft Broad Peak, the twelfth highest mountain on the planet, on the border of Pakistan and China.
The Afghanistan veteran from Dunfermline in Fife, who was accompanied by Italian mountain information Francois Cazzanelli, was participating in a British Services Mountaineering Expedition when he plummeted on July 19.
Wing Commander Gordon Henderson has plunged 3,300ft headfirst to his dying within the Himalayas throughout a climbing expedition ‘with out even crying out’
Wing Commander Gordon Henderson misplaced his stability whereas scaling the 26,414ft Broad Peak (pictured), the twelfth highest mountain on the planet
Cazzanelli stated they had been simply 39ft from the summit when Henderson knocked his rucksack towards a rock which made him lose his stability and topple over the sting.
He advised La Stampa: ‘He disappeared with out even crying out. I used to be speechless, rooted to the spot.
‘He had a rucksack on his again, simply as I did. He turned, making ready to start out climbing. He took one step however his rucksack bashed towards the rock face.
‘He misplaced his stability and he was spun ahead. He slid for only a second, then he fell head first.’
Cazzanelli then frantically descended to the closest camp to alert his colleagues.
The RAF stated in a press release: ‘The Royal Air Force is deeply saddened to announce that Wing Commander Gordon Henderson is lacking, believed killed, on Broad Peak Mountain in Pakistan.
‘Wing Commander Henderson went lacking on July 19, 2022, while collaborating within the British Services Mountaineering Expedition.
The mountain is discovered on the border of Pakistan and China and Henderson fell 39ft from the summit
‘Our ideas are with Wing Commander Henderson’s household, buddies and colleagues at this dreadful time.
‘We would remind you that additional hypothesis is unhelpful, and we ask that the household’s privateness is revered.’
Wing Commander Henderson, who studied at Heriot-Watt University and served in Afghanistan, is survived by his spouse Kerry, with the household additionally understood to have hyperlinks to San Antonio in Texas.
The British Services Mountaineering Expedition’s Pakistan 2022 mission was as a consequence of journey ‘the size of the notorious Baltoro Glacier’ earlier than visiting the Broad Peak and K2 base camps and ascending the Gondogoro La move at 18,400ft.
Following a interval of acclimatisation, the crew, which included members of the Pakistani Armed Forces, was as a consequence of concentrate on the primary ascent of Broad Peak.
An announcement from the RAF Mountaineering Association stated: ‘RAF Mountaineering is deeply saddened to announce that Wing Commander Gordon Henderson is reported lacking, believed killed, on Broad Peak, Pakistan.
‘Our ideas and prayers are along with his household presently.’