Accident description
Last updated: 30 July 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Wednesday 7 February 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12BP
Operator:Indian Air Force - IAF
Registration: BL534
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) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Chandigarh Airport (IXC/VICG), India
Destination airport:Leh Airport (IXL/VILH), India
Flightnumber: 203
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.
The wreckage was located on a mountainside and a glacier in August 2003, 200km 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.
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.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» BBC
» Indian Express Newspapers
» The Times of India
» Warbirds of India


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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.
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