U.S. net Discovery Channel has cancelled its May 11 wingsuit jump event Everest Jump Live, following an avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday (April 18) that killed 13 Sherpa guides.
Discovery had planned a two-hour live event around wingsuit jumper Joby Ogwyn’s leap off the summit that was to air May 11, weather permitting. Last week, the net announced five nights of live programming beginning May 5 that were to precede the event.
Ogwyn was already at Everest during the time of the avalanche, but was uninjured.
A Discovery spokesperson said in a statement that in light of the tragedy and out of respect for the families of the deceased, the network will not be going forward with the event, adding that “their thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”
Teams of Sherpa guides – an ethnic group in Nepal that helps climbers ascend the mountain – had been transporting gear on Everest on Friday when the avalanche occurred. Although 13 bodies have been found, three Sherpas are still missing. Four survivors are in hospital in Kathmandu.