Lucky to be alive: Remembering C-124 Globemaster flight


It was 1952, when Bucky Hutson, a National Guardsman from Savannah, gave up his seat at the last minute on the C-124 Gllobemaster flight bound for Alaska.

Now he lives to tell the tale of what happened to the 41 passengers on board.

He’s been waiting nearly half a century, waiting for answers, and he finally watched his fellow National Guardsman return home for an honorable funeral after dying in a 1952 plane crash

“I said, I wasn’t on it. God was looking out for me,” said Hutson.

From the start, Hutson didn’t feel right about going to Alaska, but a fellow National Guardsmen encouraged him to go.

“I got on the airplane with him, and we were about 30 minutes before we go, a fellow from Charleston just joined the guard and he wanted to know if I would trade places with him and I said ‘yes sir, you got it,'” said Hutson. “I said, I’m getting off and that’s how I did not go.”

His intuition proved him right. That C-124a Globemaster flight crashed into an Alaskan glacier on it’s way to Elmendorf Air Force Base on Nov. 22, 1952.

“They told us that the flight plan was irregular and they were 200 ft below where they were supposed to be,” said Hutson. “It was seven in the morning, and everyone was checking their gear and getting ready to land when they hit the mountain.”

It may never be known why that plane crashed, but Hutson said he lives to remember and pay tribute to his fellow guardsmen.

“God has something intended for me to do,” said Hutson.