Photo Gallery: The Birth of Alpine Air Rescue
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Photo Gallery: The Birth of Alpine Air Rescue

Trapped on a Swiss Glacier The Birth of Alpine Air Rescue

In November 1946, a US military aircraft carrying a number of senior officials en route from Munich to Marseille crash-landed on a glacier in the Swiss Alps. After five days of failed efforts to rescue them by land, a daring and unprecedented airborne maneuver would finally save the day -- and mark the birth of alpine air-rescue techniques.
Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein