Narrative:The aircraft, operated by Air Force squadron 25, went missing while on a flight from Chandigarh to Leh. Weather was deteriorating as a weather disturbance from the Pakistan side was moving in fast and the higher reaches of the mountains in the flight path were getting covered up. Reportedly the captain decided to return to Chandigarh but the airplane failed to arrived.
|Date:||Wednesday 7 February 1968|
|Operator:||Indian Air Force - IAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 024003|
|First flight:|| |
|Engines:|| 4 Ivchenko AI-20M|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 98 / Occupants: 98|
|Total:||Fatalities: 102 / Occupants: 102 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Dhaka Glacier ( India)
|Crash site elevation:|| 5280 m (17323 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Chandigarh Airport (IXC/VICG), India|
|Destination airport:||Leh Airport (IXL/VILH), India|
The wreckage was located on a mountainside and a glacier in August 2003, 200 km from Chandigarh. The airplane crashed near Chandrabhaga Peak 13, a 20,500 feet high mountain with wreckage being scattered along Dhaka Glacier at an elevation of 17,324 feet (5280 m).
A search expedition in August 2005 found more bodies and wreckage buried under 9 meters of snow, dispersed around an area of 5 square kilometers.
One more body was recovered during an Indian Army expedition in August 2013.
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chandigarh Airport to Leh Airport as the crow flies is 389 km (243 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.