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(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that they had confirmed the identities of the remains of 17 individuals who were killed in a 1952 military plane crash in Alaska, after their remains were located in 2012.

According to the DOD, a C-124 Globemaster aircraft en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska from McChord Air Force Base in Washington state crashed on Nov. 22, 1952. The plane had 11 crewmen and 41 passengers on board at the time of the crash. Due to adverse weather conditions, the plane and the remains of the deceased could not be immediately recovered.

By December, search parties were unable to locate any of the service members, the DOD said.

On June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard helicopter crew spotted wreckage and debris in an Alaska glacier. After photographs and artifacts found at the site linked the debris to the 1952 crash, recovery operations began. In 2013, officials were able to confirm the remains of 17 service members, though the remaining individuals on board the plane have not been recovered. The remains of those recovered will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

The DOD said it would continue to observe the scene for potential recovery efforts. The names of the 17 servicemen who were positively identified can be found at the Department of Defense’s website.

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