Friday, June 29, 2012

McChord "Shaky" Discovered in Alaska

The Air Force Magazine Online reports an Air Force C-124A (Ol' Shaky) transport that crashed en route from McChord AFB, Wash., to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, on Nov. 22, 1952, was discovered earlier this month by an Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew on Colony Glacier in Alaska.

JPAC investigators think the wreckage is that reported by the Associated Press on June 28 (via the New York Daily News). All 52 personnel aboard the aircraft—41 passengers and 11 crew—perished in that accident, according to AP.

The eight-person JPAC team, which arrived on the glacier on June 18, retrieved bone fragments, personal effects and military survival equipment. The collected material is going to a JPAC personnel identification lab.

Defense Department forensic scientists intended to scout the area for a follow-on recovery effort. Due to deteriorating weather and glacier conditions, the team ended up recovering as much evidence as possible.

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