IAF Plane Crashed In 1968, Frozen Body Found 50 Years Later In Himachal


A team of mountaineers recovered the body on July 1.


An Indian Air Force plane crashed in 1968, 50 years later, the frozen body of a crash victim was found in Himachal Pradesh’s Dhaka glacier base camp. A team of mountaineers recovered the body on July 1.

On 7 February 1968, an aircraft AN-12 of the Indian Air Force was flying from Chandigarh to Leh with 102 personnel on board. Due to bad weather, the pilot decided to turn back while approaching Leh. Suddenly the aircraft went missing.


The remnants of the plane and frozen body of the victim was found in Himachal’s Dhaka glacier.

The plane later crashed in the Lahaul valley in Himachal. In 2003, the remnants of the plane were recovered in the Dhaka glacier during an expedition.


On July 1, the mountaineering team which was on a cleanliness drive on Chandrabhaga-13 peak, came across the body. The team also found some more parts of the aircraft. The cleanliness drive was organised by Indian Mountaineering Foundation.


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