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Drone finds WWII plane that was encased in ice on Greenland

Steve Hinton flies "Glacier Girl," a P-38 Lightning dug out from 268 feet of ice in eastern Greenland in 1992.

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By JOE MARUSAK | The Charlotte Observer | Published: August 28, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — A drone with ground-penetrating radar found a World War II plane that was encased 300 feet deep in ice on Greenland.

The P-38 Lightning fighter plane was part of a “lost squadron” of planes that crashed-landed on Greenland during a blizzard on July 15, 1942, Popular Mechanics reported. All crew members on the six P-38s and two B-17s were rescued after nine days, and the planes were left behind, according to the magazine.

The drone found the plane on July 4 in a part of a glacier where “hints of the buried warplane were detected in 2011,” Live Science reported.

The search in a remote region with “hungry polar bears” was led by Jim Salazar and Ken McBride of the non-profit Arctic Hotpoint Solutions and the Fallen American MIA Repatriation Foundation, according to Live Science.

The team used a “heat probe driven by a hot pressure washer system to tunnel through the ice” and try to confirm what the drone detected was a plane, according to Popular Mechanics. The probe was covered in hydraulic fluid when it surfaced, the magazine reported.

Another one of the “lost” P-38s was found and removed from the glacier in 1992, American Military News reported.. “Glacier Girl” was “fully restored and flew again,” according to the news site.

The search team intends “to dig and melt” the recently found P-38 from the glacier in summer 2019, Live Science reported.

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