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Tightknit group of Alaska pilots soar safely around McKinley

from Alaska Dispatch News

Aviation has been closely associated with Mount McKinley for decades, and the perils of flying there have been considered from the very beginning. When Joe Crosson made the first landing on the mountain in 1932, he intended to drop off his three climbing passengers at the 5,600-foot level and quickly depart. Things did not go as planned. After unloading their supplies and seeing Crosson taxi away, the climbers lost sight of the Fairchild 71 in the swirling wind and snow. more


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