The Air Crash in the Himalayas was an assassination orchestrated by Harold Meachum and Madame Gao and staged as an air crash accident, in order to prevent Wendell Rand from exposing the illegal activities being conducted within Rand Enterprises. Danny Rand became the lone survivor and was rescued by the monks of K'un-Lun.
In 2001, Rand Enterprises co-founder Harold Meachum began receiving treatment for terminal cancer. Around the same time, he and Wendell Rand were approached by Madame Gao, who sought to make a business deal. Rand disapproved, but Meachum agreed to the deal without question.
After uncovering Meachum's treacherous actions, Rand charted a plane to China and planned to take his wife Heather and their son Danny with him, not telling them that he was planning to expose the existence of the laboratories.
Meachum later met with Madame Gao and told her about his plan to prevent Rand from bringing back proof by causing his plane to crash mid-flight. Despite Madame Gao's insistence that it would bring unwanted attention, Meachum convinced her to go through with the plan.
En route to Anzhou, both pilots succumbed to the poison and lost control of the plane. In the main cabin, the increasing turbulence caused Danny to hit his head, prompting Heather to make sure he was still conscious.
At that moment, the roof of the plane ripped off and caused Heather to be sucked outside, where she fell to her death. As Rand told Danny that he loved him, the plane crashed into the Himalayan mountain range, instantly killing the former and knocking the latter unconscious.
- "We... we crashed."
"And then... I woke up. I was in this huge snowdrift. I was hurt. It was snowing."
"You must have been cold."
"I was cold. But I could see pieces of the plane scattered over the mountainside. I... I had to go and check. I found the cockpit first. Both pilots were dead. Then I found the main fuselage. My dad was inside. [...] I didn't want to leave my dad. [...] I stepped out, but the the snow was so deep, the wind, I... I kept on falling, and suddenly I looked up, and there were these two men standing above me. Chodak and Tashi."
"And who were they?"
"Monks. Order of the Crane Mother."
- ―Danny Rand and Paul Edmonds
Regaining consciousness, Danny attempted to find his mother's body but was unable to do so and stayed next to his father's corpse. As he lay in the snow, members of the Order of the Crane Mother found the boy and took him to the mystical city of K'un-Lun, where they would spend the next several decades training him.
In 2003, Meachum purchased a building where he could live in secret after his resurrection. The following year, Meachum died and was resurrected three days later. He proceeded to live his new life, unaware that Madame Gao used the opportunity to start infiltrating Rand Enterprises and controlling it from the inside.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Iron Fist: 1.01: Snow Gives Way
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Iron Fist: 1.02: Shadow Hawk Takes Flight
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Iron Fist: 1.04: Eight Diagram Dragon Palm
- ↑ Iron Fist: 1.09: The Mistress of All Agonies
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Iron Fist: 1.13: Dragon Plays with Fire
- ↑ Iron Fist: 1.07: Felling Tree with Roots