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Plutonium capsules lost in the Himalayas (1965)
14th October
In October 1965, a group of Indian and American climbers lugged up seven plutonium capsules along with surveillance equipment - weighing some 57kgs (125 pounds) - which were meant to be placed on top of the 7,816-metre (25,643-ft) Nanda Devi, India's second highest peak, and near India's north-eastern border with China. A blizzard forced the climbers to abandon the climb well short of the peak. When they returned the plutonium capsules had been swept away by avalanche never to be recovered...


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