The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday airlifted as many as 72 people trapped in the snow-hit Kishtwar district.
IAF's 130 Helicopter Unit 'The Condors', stationed at Jammu, undertook a demanding operation of rescuing people from the inaccessible villages of Kishtwar district.
Braving piercing snow waves and extreme cold conditions, the IAF's MI-17 helicopter, with the assistance of the local administration, airlifted 72 people who had been trapped for the last two days.
The operation was carried out under the captainship of Squadron leader Shailesh Singh and his co-pilot Flight lieutenant Ashutosh Khanduri. The aircraft took off at 8am.
The 130 HU was earlier commended by chief minister Omar Abdullah for undertaking rescue and relief operations during natural calamities.