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5 IAF members scale Mt Everest

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Last updated on: May 25, 2011 20:27 IST

Five Indian Air Force members, including two women, on Wednesday successfully scaled 8848-metre-high world's tallest peak Mt Everest from the southern side.

The IAF team of Sqn Ldr Nirupama Pandey, 32, Flt Lt Rajika Sharma, 28, Sqn Ldr Devidutta Panda, 34, Sgt Jashi Dinghj, 38 and Ganesh Singh Pokhariya, 23 accompanied  by six high-altitude Nepali Sherpa guides stood on the 8,848-metre peak between 10-11 am today, officials said.

However, Group Captain Narendra K Dahiya, leader of the team, could not make the final attempt. This is the second group from the IAF expedition to scale the Mt Everest.

On May 21, 27-year-old Flight Lieutenant Nivedita Chaudhary became the first woman from the IAF to scale the world's tallest peak. She reached the peak along with her co-climber Corporal Raju Sindhu.

All the women climbers in the IAF team are first timers to the Everest.

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