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IAF airlifts 203 stranded passengers from Leh town

PTI  Jammu, January 01, 2013
First Published: 18:53 IST(1/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:56 IST(1/1/2013)

Coming to the rescue of stranded passengers in Jammu and Ladakh regions, India Air Force on Tuesday airlifted 203 stranded people from Leh town to Jammu.

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"IAF airlifted 203 stranded people including women and children between Leh to Jammu on Tuesday," public relation officer, ministry of defence, SN Acharya told PTI.

An IL-76 aircraft was pressed into service to ferry the stranded people, mostly belonging to Kargil district of Ladakh region, to Jammu, Acharya said.

However, bad weather conditions forced the airforce to abandon its plan to airlift 65 passengers, he said.

Air sorties would be conducted later when the weather conditions become favourable, the officer said.


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