Gauli Glacier
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Dakota Crash on the Gauli Glacier
In November 1946 (not long after the end of World War II), an American Dakota C-53 military plane crashed on the Gauli Glacier above Meiringen, sparking what would become one of the greatest alpine rescues of all time. Four days after the disaster, a team of Swiss climbers arrived exhausted but amazed to find that all 12 of the passengers had miraculously survived. Shortly afterward Swiss pilots in two light planes managed to land on the glacier and bring the survivors to safety below in what was billed as one of the most sensational—and daring—aviation feats of its time. You can take a guided hike to overlook the crash site on a two-day journey that includes spending the night in a mountain hut high over the glacier (about 410 francs). If conditions permit, you can walk out to the crash site itself. No mountain climbing experience is necessary. If you prefer, you can even take a helicopter ride up most of the way to cut down on the hike (about 550 francs). To learn more about adventure activities in the Haslital area and the Gauli Glacier, visit here.
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