50 years under the snow!
The Indian Army has found remains of an aircraft that crashes almost 50 years ago.
An expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Indian Army confirmed this week.
The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers who were onboard the AN-12 BL-534 aircraft which went missing over the Rohtang Pass in Kullu district on February 7, 1968.
After 13 days of rigorous search and recovery operation in the Dhaka Glacier at an altitude of 5,240 metres, the team recovered parts of the aircraft like the aero engine, fuselage, electric circuits, propeller, fuel tank unit, air brake assembly and a cockpit door.
Personal belongings of passengers were also recovered.
The aircraft went missing over the Rohtang Pass on its way back to Chandigarh Air Force base.
Earlier, a mountaineering expedition in 2003 stumbled on the debris of the plane near Dhaka Glacier, and found the identity card of a soldier was on board the missing aircraft.
It’s not easy to stay put in snow. The longest time spent in direct, full body contact with snow is one hour 8 sec and was achieved by Oleksiy Gutsulyak (Ukraine) in the Kyrylo Tryliovski City Park in Kolomyia, Ukraine, on 25 January 2013.