ALASKA: The wreckage of a military plane found this month on an Alaskan glacier was that of a US Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, according to military officials.

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. “This is very close to the starting line, not the finish line.”

The Alaska National Guard discovered wreckage and possibly bones on June 10 on Colony Glacier. An eight-man Joint PoW/MIA Accounting Command arrived last week, military officials said. It completed its work on Tuesday at the glacier 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