Ali Sadpara Rescue Mission, Pakistan Army Used F-16
The Pakistan Army directed an F-16 jet to take the accurate surveys when the weather prevented rotary machines from approaching K2 during the search mission to trace Pakistani climber Ali Sadpara and other missing climbers. It was issued by British-American climber Vanessa O’Brien.
Vanessa O’Brien is Pakistan’s Goodwill Ambassador and organizing the search efforts through a virtual base camp. A statement issued by him said that an important press conference will be held on Monday (today) to deliver more information about the missing climbers.
Pakistani mountaineer Sadpara along with two other mountaineers, Juan Pablo Mohr and John Snorri were lost on February 5 during their mission to K2. All efforts to find them, are unsuccessful so far.
In the press release, the K2 Virtual and Physical Base Camp team stated that an unusual search operation in the history of climbing is on-going on K2.
While the possible locations were identified through satellite images, the camp reported that information was also attained through synthetic aperture radar technology, which has been used to recognize and track the sleeping bags and tents of the mountaineers.
When the weather didn’t allow rotary machines from approaching K2, an F-16 plane was sent by Pakistan Army to take the photographic surveys. They have also verified the SAT/SAR technology worked, as it helped them recognizing points that they searched for later. Unfortunately, those turned out to be a sleeping bag, torn tents, or sleeping pads and not Ali Sadpara, Juan Pablo Mohr, or John Snorri Sigurjonsson, it elaborated.
These climbers have 13 children, Ali Sadpara (4), John Snorri Sigurjonsson (6), and Juan Pablo Mohr (3).
Ali Sadpara has a record of climbing the eight highest peaks in the world and hoisting the flag of Pakistan. He celebrated his 45th birthday at K2 Base Camp on February 2, 2021, before he began the summit bid.