Arctic Angels’ assist with 2022 Colony Glacier recovery efforts

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Army Staff Sgts. David Kwasnik, Austin Bean, and Kyle Dallman, 2nd Brigade, 11th Airborne Division, break for a sandwich on Colony Glacier June 13, 2022, while part of the team working to recover the remains of 52 passengers and crewmembers, and wreckage of an Air Force C-124 Globemaster aircraft that crashed Nov. 22, 1952, near Mount Gannett, Alaska. Soldiers assigned to the Alaska Army National Guard discovered the debris on June 10, 2012, during a routine Black Hawk helicopter training mission on Colony Glacier nearly 14 miles from where the plane first crashed. (Army photo/John Pennell)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — On November 22, 1952, a U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster II flying from McChord Air Force Base, Washington, to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, crashed into 9,629-foot Mount Gannett. All 52 passengers and crewmembers aboard were killed.

Weather conditions at the time prevented an immediate recovery, and later search attempts were unable to locate the crash site.

Nearly 60 years later, in 2012, an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk crew conducting a training mission spotted aircraft wreckage on Colony Glacier on Gannett’s southwest slope. Recovery operations began that June and confirmed it was the debris of the missing C-124 crash site, now 14 miles from its original point of impact.

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By John PennellJune 22, 2022