Family of the victims of 1952 military plane crash told it may take 6 more years to identify remains

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Isaac Anderson was one of 52 people who died when their Air Force C-124 transport plane crashed near Anchorage, Alaska on November 22, 1952.
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Tampa, Florida -- Closure for some families of victims of a 1952 military plane crash are being told they may have to wait another six years before remains of their loved ones can be positively identified.

Tonja Anderson of Tampa says that's too long and has written President Obama and others asking for help.

"Some of these family members are in their late 70's, 80's, some even in their 90's (and) they don't have six years," Anderson told 10 News.

Anderson's grandfather, airman Isaac Anderson, died on November 22, 1952 when the Air Force C-124 transport plane he was in crashed 45 miles from Anchorage, Alaska. A total of 52 men died in the crash.

Officials were never able to locate the wreckage until a few weeks ago, when an Alaska Army National Guard Blackhawk crew spotted some debris from the downed plane.

After being contacted by Tonja Anderson and 10 News, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says she will contact the U.S. Air Force and encourage them to make this case a priority.

"I think six years is too long," Castor told 10 News.

"Certainly they have the resources to review the information that they have just gathered and I hope the family can get closure," the Congresswoman added.

Tonja Anderson says eventually she wants to bring her grandfather's remains back to Tampa for a proper military burial. Isaac Anderson was just 21 years old when he died. He was married and had a 1-year-old son at the time.


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