Death and deliverance: the haunting true story of the Hercules crash at the North Pole
This account explores the massive logistics of the most northerly air rescue ever mounted in history and chronicles the human drama associated with the crash of CC-130 Hercules transport plane on Oct. 30, 1991 (Flight Box Top 22), near Alert, Ellesmere Island.
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The crash was just over 13 miles from Alert and it took 32 hrs to reach the crash site due to very bad weather.
This is a riveting story of survival, heroism and tragedy. While survivors of the air crash waited in the arctic night, in a blizzard, Canadian Forces SAR techs attempted to reach them. Though the crash site was less than ten miles from Alert, it took over a hundred hours to penetrate the darkness, cold and storm.
On the final parachute attempt ("There will be no Stop Drop.") SAR techs jumped into darkness and landed with a fourty knot gale dragging them across the ground. Every jumper sustained minor or major injuries.
Read this and you'll understand the respect and admiration our SAR forces deserve.