Friday, June 29, 2012

Researchers find icy tomb on glacier of aircraft that crashed, killing all 52 on-board, SIXTY years ago

Wreckage found on an Alaskan glacier is the remains of a missing Air Force plane that crashed in the 1950s, killing all 52 people on board.

Authorities revealed today the site has been identified after it was discovered on Knik Glacier near Anchorage earlier this month.

It means the victims' families may finally get answers as to why their loved ones died nearly 60 years on from the tragedy.

Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command spokesperson Captain Jamie Dobson said the wreckage is of a Douglas C-124A Globemaster II.

The Korean War-era Air Force cargo plane crashed on November 22, 1952, NBC station KTUU of Anchorage reported.

It was found on June 10 on Colony Glacier, around 45 miles east of Anchorage, by a UH-60 Blackhawk crew with the Alaska Army National Guard.

While evidence collected by the eight-man team is en route to JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii for further analysis, Cpt Dobson said the plane was identifiable by materials found at the scene. Read More