(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — Military officials think debris they found on an Alaskan glacier is actually the remains of a military plane that went down 60 years ago, killing all 52 people onboard.
It will take at least six years to be sure because officials need to process DNA samples from relatives and compare them to the victims’ remains, according to reports.
The Alaska National Guard discovered the wreckage on June 10, and Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command was called in to assess the site and recover material from it, according to a press release from JPAC, which specializes in recovering missing soldiers from past conflicts and returning them home.
The team found life support equipment and possible human bones, according to the release.
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