The Latest: India pilots spot 5 bodies in hunt for climbers

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NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on the search in India for eight missing mountain climbers (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Indian air force pilots have spotted five bodies in the Indian Himalayas while searching for eight mountain climbers who have been missing for a week.

District Magistrate Dr. Vijay Kumar Jogdande says the bodies were found Monday before a rescue operation in the northern state of Uttarakhand was suspended because of heavy snowfall and high winds.

Jogdande says an operation to find the other three mountaineers will resume Tuesday. He says officials are consulting the Indian army on how to retrieve the bodies.

The eight-member expedition set out to scale a 6,477-meter (21,250-foot) peak and had last been in touch with base camp on May 26. Contact was lost after an avalanche.

Jogdande says four British climbers rescued from base camp on Sunday received first aid at a hospital and were released.

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12:50 p.m.

Indian air force pilots were flying over an uncharted section of a Himalayan mountain to search for eight climbers missing a week.

The third day of the search on Monday was taking place in the northern state of Uttarakhand after four members of the expedition team who had stayed at base camp and were rescued on Sunday detailed the missing climbers’ plans.

District Magistrate Dr. Vijay Kumar Jogdande says the eight-member expedition was aiming to scale a 6,477-meter (21,250-foot) peak and had last been in touch with base camp on May 26.

Contact was lost after an avalanche.

Jogdande says the rescued four, all British nationals, received first aid at a hospital in the town of Pithoragarh and later were released.

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