Search resumes on Alaska glacier for service members’ remains at decades-old plane crash site

COLONY GLACIER, Alaska — Scientists and volunteers tethered in safety gear and ice cleats painstakingly scoured the frozen dirt and ice to see if a glacier had given up any more of its dead before they are swept into a lake and lost to history.   Fifty-two service members died when their airplane smashed into an Alaska mountain more than 60 years ago. The wreckage was rediscovered in 2012, and the somber recovery effort resumed this month. “It’s a patriotic duty that we’re doing up here to the family members of the service members that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their nation,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Paul Cocker.

 The C-124 Globemaster was en route from McChord Air Force Base, Washington, to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage when it vanished Nov. 22, 1952, with 41 passengers and 11 crew members onboard. The wreckage was found soon after, but became buried in snow, forgotten and eventually became part of the glacier at the bottom of Mount Gannett.


By Associated Press JUNE 24, 2015 — 1:00AM

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