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Anchorage- The wreckage of a military plane found this month on a glacier in Alaska was that of an air force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said on Wednesday.
Army captain, Jamie Dobson, said evidence found at the crash site correlated with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but the military was not eliminating other possibilities because much investigation still needed to be done.
Processing DNA samples from relatives of those on board the plane could take up to six years, Dobson said.
“We’re still at the very beginning of this investigation,” she said.
The Alaska National Guard discovered wreckage and possibly bones on June 10 on Colony Glacier.
A specialised recovery team completed its work on Tuesday at the glacier, which is about 100km east of Anchorage.
The team recovered materials like a life-support system from the plane’s wreckage and possible bones from the glacier.
The debris was discovered while guardsmen were flying a Blackhawk helicopter during a training mission near the glacier. – Sapa-AP