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BOZEMAN - The Montana State University students, traveling in Nepal while their professor was killed by a landslide will return to the United States as originally planned.

The university was working with the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. State Department and Emergency Transport Services in Nepal to fly the students out of the country by helicopter early than expected, but have since decided to stick their originally schedule.

The students will fly out of Kathmandu on May 27th and will return to Seattle on May 28th, where the director of MSU's Honors Program and counselors will be available to talk to the students.

"Helicopters in the high country of Nepal that's really something you use for an emergency rescue when there's imitate danger to someone's health or welfare," said Tracy Ellig, University Spokesperson. "It's kind of a risky situation because its flying at altitude so if we wanted to minimize the risk the safest thing was to have the students continue to walk out."

Associate professor of Education at MSU, Betsy Palmer died on Monday after sustaining injuries from a landslide while traveling in the backcountry of Nepal.

Palmer was leading 16 students on a course offered by the University's Honors Program. A memorial fund has been set up at First Interstate Bank in Bozeman for her husband and 5-year-old twins.

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