Officials are racing an Alaska glacier that threatens to swallow what’s left of a 1952 plane crash that killed dozens

 

 

Col. Mark Schmidt, a pilot who flies F-15s and F-16s, examines a piece of debris, which he thinks is the leading edge of the plane, on Colony Glacier on Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Col. Mark Schmidt, a pilot who flies F-15s and F-16s, examines a piece of debris, which he thinks is the leading edge of the plane, on Colony Glacier on Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

After the wreckage was spotted in 2012 by members of the Army National Guard during a routine training mission, crews have returned to the site near the toe of Colony Glacier each summer to recover additional remains and personal effects.

Each spring the Army National Guard flies over the site, identifying new areas of wreckage exposed by the constantly changing glacier, giving investigators an idea of the areas where they should focus their efforts. Work on the glacier begins in early June and is usually wrapped up by July, when conditions on the glacier become unsafe.

To read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/military/2018/06/19/an-air-force-plane-crashed-in-1952-killing-52-people-officials-are-now-racing-a-glacier-that-threatens-to-swallow-the-remains-forever/

Posted on: June 22, 2018, by :