POW/MIA TEAM INVESTIGATES AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE IN ALASKA

By | June 20, 2012

Specialized JPAC investigation team searches for evidence of unaccounted-for Americans

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (June 20, 2012) – A specialized investigative team from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) arrived in Alaska yesterday to investigate an apparent aircraft crash site in the Knik Glacier area of Alaska.

On June 10 at approximately 1 p.m. an Alaskan Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew discovered what appeared to be an aircraft crash site while conducting a routine training mission.

Following additional search and rescue missions by Joint Task Force-Alaska and the Alaska National Guard at the suspected aircraft crash site, JPAC forward-deployed a five-person team to further survey and assess the site and develop recommendations for potential recovery operations in the future.

With full knowledge and cooperation of local military units and governmental agencies in Alaska, the team will investigate the site for about three days, searching for any evidence that may positively correlate the aircraft wreckage to a known incident.

Falling directly under the U.S. Pacific Command and employing more than 500 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the more than 83,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts. The ultimate goal of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and of the agencies involved in returning America’s heroes home, is to conduct global search, recovery, and laboratory operations in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts.