So what happened to the STARDUST? Sorry, but it wasn't a PARANORMAL EXPLANATION many were hoping for.
In 1998 Two Mountaineers were climbing MT. TUPUNGATO, which is located about 50 Miles East of Santiago. At an Elevation of Approximately 15,000 Feet They found Wreckage located on the Tupungato Glacier.
The Debris included the Remnants of an Aircraft Engine, along with Pieces of Metal and Clothing.
The Argentine Amy sent an Expedition to the Site in 2000, to Further Investigate the Origin of the Wreckage Already Found, and see if there was anymore present at the location.
The Results of the 2000 Expedition included Finding; Human Remains , A Damaged Propeller, and Tires that were still Inflated. This Information was not mentioned by the Mountaineers in relating Their 1998 Discovery of the Site.
Further Analysis of This, and Other Evidence from the Crash Site, proved that it was the Remains of the STARDUST, and its Passengers and Crew. However, it also provided Tangible Physical Evidence about the Final Moments of its ill-fated Flight.
- The Aircraft Wreckage was Localized to a specific area, ruling out a Mid-Air Explosion or Collision.
- The STARDUST Hit the Glacier Head- On, Effectively Burying it in Tons of Ice and Snow. It Wasn't until Movement by the Glacier, and the Melting that Occurred at Lower Altitudes, that the Remnants of the Crash became Visible, and Recoverable. Given the Slow Process of These Natural Events, it took Decades for this to happen.
- The Condition of One of the Recovered Propellers, and Evidence that the Wheels were still not down in preparation for a Landing, Lent Credibility for the Initial Judgment about the Cause of the Crash, which would explain the Lack of an Emergency Call from the Flight Crew Indicating Imminent Disaster:
- CONTROLLED FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN.
Look for Part 3.