Image: Glacier in Kings Canyon National Park
Authorities said the remains were located near where climbers spotted the body of another airman in 2005.
updated 8/20/2007 10:54:41 PM ET 2007-08-21T02:54:41

Hikers have discovered the remains of a man believed to be a missing World War II airman atop a Sierra Nevada glacier.

Authorities say the human remains were found in a high alpine region of Kings Canyon National Park on Wednesday. They were located about 100 feet from where climbers spotted the ice-entombed body of another World War II-era airman in October of 2005.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office is overseeing the retrieval of the remains, which are scheduled to arrive in Fresno tonight.

Military anthropologists will analyze the body, which they believe could correspond to one of three men flying with Mustonen when their AT-7 navigational plane disappeared after takeoff from a Sacramento airfield on Nov. 18th, 1942.

A blizzard is believed to have caused the crash that killed Mustonen, pilot William Gamber and aviation Cadets John Mortenson and Ernest Munn.

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