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Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

ADVERTISEMENTLt. Leon Crane’s ordeal began 25,000 feet above that lonely stretch of the Yukon on December 21, 1943. Crane watched Pompeo’s parachute drift over a nearby ridge before he landed up to his waist in snow. After calling out to no response, Crane starting pushing through the snow making for the smoking crash site, some 1/4 mile away. Crane managed to start a fire next to the frozen river using a letter from his father warmed in his breast pocket. Crane survived over 80 days in the Alaskan wilderness, with no training, no experience in the Arctic, and no survival skills.

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