A team of mountaineers stumbled upon a decayed body of a soldier and parts of the wreckage of an IAF plane which crashed in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley 50 years ago, the leader of the team said on Saturday.

The AN-12 aircraft had gone missing on February 7, 1968, after the pilot had decided to retreat while on way to Leh from Chandigarh because of inclement weather.

The team of mountaineers, which made this startling discovery, was on a garbage clean-up expedition to Chandrabhaga – 13 peak, Rajiv Rawat, who led the team, said.

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