The US Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it had recovered and identified the bodies of 17 soldiers who went missing after a 1952 plane crash in Alaska.

On November 22, 1952, a an aircraft crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from Washington with 11 crewmen and 41 passengers on board. Adverse weather conditions precluded immediate recovery attempts.

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In June 2012, a US army helicopter crew spotted the plane wreckage during a training exercise and forensic scientists have been working to identify the soldiers. The bodies of the 35 other people on board have still not been found.

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