PITHORAGARH, India (Reuters) – An Indian helicopter mission on Wednesday to remove the bodies of five missing climbers believed killed in an avalanche high in the Himalayas was halted after encountering technical problems, officials said.
Eight climbers – four from Britain, two from the United States, and one each from Australia and India – were reported missing last Friday after they failed to return to their base camp near Nanda Devi, India’s second highest mountain.
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An Indian air force helicopter on Monday spotted five bodies partially buried in snow high on a slope.
A recovery mission began on Wednesday but the initial sorties encountered technical problems, said Vijay K Jogdande, the top government official in the remote mountain area.
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“No bodies have so far been recovered from the three initial sorties this morning,” he said, without giving more details.
No more helicopter flights were planned for today, said Police...
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