Huffpost WorldPost

U.S. Warplane Propeller From Douglas C-53 Skytrooper 'Dakota' Crash Found In Switzerland Glacier

Posted: Updated:

GENEVA -- Mountain rescuers have recovered the propeller of a U.S. Air Force plane that crashed in November 1946 on a glacier in the Bernese Alps.

The crash of the Douglas C-53 Skytrooper on the Gauli Glacier marked the first time a rescue mission used an aircraft to land on a glacier and led to the creation of Switzerland's air rescue services.

The propeller was removed Thursday from the glacier and taken to nearby Gauli hut at 2,205 meters (7,234 feet).

Swiss newspaper Der Bund reported three young climbers found a piece of the propeller about three kilometers from the crash site in late July.

The plane went down in poor visibility on its way from Austria to Italy with four crew members and eight passengers, causing some injuries but no fatalities.

Also on HuffPost:

of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Canmore teen holidaying in Switzerland finds propeller from missing ...

Calgarian holidaying in Switzerland finds propeller from missing 66 ...

Propeller from 1946 crash of US war plane removed from Swiss glacier