World War II Aircraft Which Crashed in The Himalayas Is Discovered 77 Years Later
6Clayton Kuhles, a US adventurer, was tasked with leading the search operation
US adventurer Clayton Kuhles took on the mission to find the forgotten airplane after a request from the son of one of the passengers on the fateful flight. He claimed that no trace of the plane could be found. It was almost like it had vanished! This was his statement- “This aircraft was never heard from again. It simply disappeared.”
7The terrain was too difficult, and some members of the search team even lost their life
An ethnic Lisu team of local guides helped Kuhles cross chest-deep rivers and camp at frigid elevations during the excursion. For example, three Lisu hunters died of hypothermia in the same location last year after being caught in an unseasonal September blizzard, while two others “barely escaped alive,” according to Kuhles. He further added that his guides and porters were “extremely apprehensive” about the high camp location. He said- “My Lisu guides and porters were very uneasy about our high camp location.”
8Many aircrafts went missing during the WWII
During World War II, hundreds of US military planes went missing in the Indian, Chinese, and Myanmar theatres of operations. There are several accounts of aircraft losses caused by hostile firing from the Japanese. However, Kuhles believes that the majority of the planes were brought down by ice damage, hurricane-force winds, and other extreme weather conditions.