Alaska Airlines honors four identified fallen soldiers

(The aircraft involved in the 1952 accident)

Alaska Airlines honored four unidentified fallen soldiers Monday and Tuesday by transferring their remains in the airline’s fallen soldier carts.

The carts are used to transport fallen military members both active and retired.
The four fallen soldiers honored were from the C-124 plane crash in 1952 at Mt. Gannett.
On the plane were 52 people, all of them were killed.
Bad weather is thought to be the main factor for the plane hitting the mountain.
On June 9, 2012, the crew of an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter on a training mission noticed a large yellow survival raft on the surface of the Colony Glacier above Inner Lake George.
The site was nearly 14 miles from the 1952 crash location.
The National Guard sent a team on foot to examine the site and they retrieved items that were identified as being from the crashed C-124.
This mission is still an ongoing operation to this day to find and located members from the C-124.

Original story of the accident.
The C-124 departed McChord Air Base in Washington state en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, near Anchorage, Alaska. with a crew of 11 and 41 Army and Air Force passengers. The flight was recorded as passing Middleton Island, in the Gulf of Alaska. Around 4pm, a distress call was received by the pilot of a Northwest Orient Airlines passenger aircraft. The reception was very poor, but the Northwest captain made out the sentence: “As long as we have to land, we might as well land here.” Weather near Elmendorf at the time was very bad with heavy clouds. The C-124 was flying without visual references, using just altitude, a radio beacon and a stopwatch. There was no further communication from the C-124 and it failed to arrive at Elmendorf as scheduled. The severe weather continued for three days, so searching was only able to begin on November 25. Thirty-two military aircraft searched the surrounding mountains and four Coast Guard vessels searched Prince William Sound. The wreckage of the aircraft was found on November 28, 1952, on the south side of Mount Gannett by Terris Moore, Fairbanks Civil Air Patrol and by Lieutenant Thomas Sullivan from the 10th Airforce Rescue Squadron. he pair spotted the tail section of the C-124 sticking out of the snow at an elevation of about 8,100 feet (2,500 m), close to the summit of Mount Gannett, ullivan and Moore recorded the location as being on the Surprise Glacier, which flows south and empties into Harriman Fjord. However, the 2012 rediscovery of the remains of the aircraft at the foot of Colony Glacier, which enters into Lake George suggests that the actual crash location was a little further north on the Mount Gannett ice field, sufficient for the debris to be carried 12 miles down the north-flowing Colony Glacier over the subsequent 60 years. On June 28, 2012, the US military announced the discovery of the wreckage The recovery operation was then taken over by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, whose primary role is to search for US military personnel missing overseas. n June 18, 2014, after two seasons of operations on the glacier, the Department of Defense announced that the remains of 17 of the victims had been identified and would be returned to their families for burial.


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