Body of 1942 Airman Found Encased in Glacier on Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park


News10 reports climbers near the summit of 13,710-foot Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park found the head and shoulder of a man protruding from the ice at the base of a glacier and it is believed he is the body of an Idaho airman from a 1942 crash.

A Beechcraft AT-7 navigational trainer that crashed on November 18, 1942.

A portion of the plane, along with four bodies, was discovered on Mount Mendel in 1947 by a group of hikers. At the time, there was no indication that a fifth man might have been aboard the aircraft.

80 percent of the body was encased in ice.

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