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As glacier melts, secrets of lost military plane revealed

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An Alaska glacier is exposing remains from a military air tragedy six decades later. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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oliton
oliton 1
Captain America??
Zaphod58
It was buried under the glacier. How many planes have crashed in Alaska that haven't been seen again? Look at how far that glacier has moved since they found the plane again. It's entirely possible that they looked but the glacier moved it and they didn't find it.
HerrThor
HerrThor 1
In South America there was a similar case with a BA airplane, the Star Dust.
bbabis
bbabis 1
We probably have planes crashed in every state that haven't been seen again. I just can't think of many that had 52 people on them. That is what seems strange to me. Flight 19, Earhart, Glen Miller, etc. were never forgotten and have had people looking since they disappeared. The P-38 "Glacier Girl" was recovered from under 250' of ice after moving all over the place. It took a tremendous effort to get it. Its not a big deal. I just wunder why 52 missing people had to be discovered again.
bbabis
bbabis 0
I know the Korean War was going on, but it seems odd that someone said;"Oh well, the weather has gone to hell and this might be tough so lets just forget about those 52 guys."
Zaphod58
They didn't "forget" about them, they couldn't get to the wreck site at the time. Helicopter technology was still in its infancy, and they didn't have heavy lift helos, and what they did have had trouble flying in the region (similar to today's helos). Combine that with the winters they have up there, and by the time they could get to them the wreckage was covered up.
bbabis
bbabis 0
By the early 60's we had enough helo technology to get to the site. Sure they would of had to look but they didn't try. The whole point of looking for something is because you can't see it. If nothing else, it would have been a great test and training. By that time though Viet-Nam had their attention and glacial operations were very low on the to do list. It was forgotten until stumbled upon.
isemann2
They did look, they couldn't locate the crash for 2 reasons, 1) it was buried under atleast 80 feet of compacted snow and ice. 2) The crash site move atleast 200feet down the valley every year as it did once it was located last year. And helo technology has nothing to do with locating crash sites which are buried over long periods of time.
bbabis
bbabis 1
You've never heard of HELO, Hidden Element Locating Operations? Just kidding Frank. Knowing only what I have read, I figured helicopters were the best or only way to get to the site to begin a search. In 1952 sending a ground party probably endangered more lives so it was not an option.
mikeharbour
Mike Harbour 1
Amen; I bet if there had been a Kennedy or a Fossett aboard, the SAR effort would've been bigger.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
The military hierarchy doesn't have the will to expend budget money to search for the missing, as evidenced by the unwillingness to locate and bring home MIAs. The private sector has carried more of that burden than the army mule. I'm afraid the no man left behind mentality is at the platoon and company level. The stars and staff like their scotch more than they like to search.
bbabis
bbabis 1
That's my vote for the answer.

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