Glacier slowly reveals evidence of 1952 C-124 crash

This summer is the fourth that U.S. troops and civilians have combed Colony Glacier in Alaska to recover wreckage and identify 52 service members aboard a C-124 Globemaster II that crashed in 1952.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Cocker, lead planner for Operation Colony Glacier, expects the effort to continue for years.

The mission was launched after the plane’s wreckage was rediscovered in 2012. Every summer since then, military members and civilians have returned to the crash site to remove debris and human remains.

The glacier moves between 200 and 300 meters each year, and as it recedes, more of the wreckage becomes exposed, Cocker told Air Force Times on July 1. There’s no way to tell how long it will take for all the wreckage to become unearthed.

“We don’t know how far up the glacier the debris field, if you will, may exist,” Cocker said. “A good estimate would be three to give more years, just based on what we’ve seen over the past four summers. I don’t think anybody would be able to predict exactly how long this will go.”

~By Jeff Schogol,

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