HORSEHEADS, NY (18 NEWS) - An Elmira native who was killed in a 1952 military plane crash in Alaska, returned home.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eugene Costley was a flight engineer on an Air Force C-124 Globemaster aircraft that departed McChord Air Force Base in Washington state on Nov. 22, 1952, for a scheduled transport flight to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.
The aircraft, housing 11 crew members and 41 passengers on board, did not make it. It crashed on a glacier in bad weather east of Anchorage.
Due to harsh conditions, such as avalanches and snow drifts, recovery operations were stymied for decades.
A relative of Costley, Mary Foor said, "It's something my heart needed. And to be honored with the flyover and the whole military. The service is wonderful."
Member of the United Sates Air Force, Terry Doane, said he feels he owes it to his fellow man to show respect. "It's important because we want to recognize the sacrifices our fellow comrades make. It was humbling and an honor to bestow dignity, honor and respect on Sergeant Costley."
Despite it being 66 years since the tragedy, the importance of sticking together as brothers and sisters in the force stands the course of time.
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