Europe’s heatwave has uncovered the wreckage of a World War II-era plane that crashed in the Bernese Alps 72 years ago.
Debris from the US-WWII warplane C-53 Skytrooper Dakota was found after the glacier it was buried under melted in the heat.
The Dakota’s crash on the Gauli Glacier on 19 November 1946 was a turning point in alpine rescue and an international media event.
It 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 Dakota, coming from Austria and bound for Italy, collided with the Gauli Glacier in poor visibility.
On board were four crew members and eight passengers.
Among the passengers were high-ranking officers of the US armed forces and some of their relatives.
Several people were injured, but there were no fatalities.
All were rescued.
In summer 2012, three young people found the propeller of the Dakota on the Gauli Glacier