Alaska National Guard Airlifts Iconic Into the Wild Bus from Where It Sat for Decades
The abandoned bus, made famous by the book and film Into the Wild, was flown out of its longstanding resting place in the Alaskan wilderness for public safety concerns, the state's National Guard said.
On Thursday, an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter lifted the 1940s Fairbanks Bus 142 from its decades-long location near Healy, Alaska, according to a press release.
The bus has been removed for safety reasons as it has become a "sometimes fatal attraction for outdoor adventurers" since Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild debuted in 1996 and was made into a film in 2007.
The book and the film are based on the real story of the hiker Christopher McCandless, who traveled through the Alaskan wilderness with little supplies and food in 1992 and spent the summer in the "Magic Bus". His body was found in the vehicle in September of this year.
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Emile Hirsch played as McCandless in the film version written and directed by Sean Penn.
"After carefully investigating the issue, prioritizing public safety, and considering various alternatives, we decided that the best way to do it is to remove the bus from its location on the Stampede Trail," said Commissioner Corri A. Feige in the Press release.
Feige explained that Alaska's Department of Natural Resources and the Alaska Army National Guard "encourage people to enjoy Alaska's wild areas safely," but the abandoned bus was "a deteriorating vehicle that required dangerous and costly rescue efforts."
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"More importantly, it cost some visitors their lives," he added.
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According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, there were 15 state search and rescue operations involving the bus Into the Wild between 2009 and 2017. Since 2010, two people drowned on the way to or from the bus.
While officials have not announced where the bus will be, it is being stored "in a safe place," said Feige.
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In February, a group of Italian hikers had to be rescued from the abandoned bus on their way home.
Several outlets, including the Associated Press and CNN, reported that the group (a person with "severe frostbite" on their feet, according to CNN) was rescued after building a warehouse near Healy town after visiting Fairbanks Bus 142 According to Alaska State Troopers.
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The soldier's spokesman, Tim DeSpain, told the AP that he didn't know how far the walkers were from the famous "Magic Bus" when they were recovered. The man with frostbite was taken to a Fairbanks hospital about two hours away for treatment, while friends picked up the other four walkers in Healy.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that Brad Randall, Tri-Valley fire chief, wasn't sure how long the walkers were outside, but believed they were in the area at least overnight. He added that the temperatures at the campsite this morning were between 5 and 10 degrees.
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