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Photos: Capturing images of plane crashes with a 'Happy End'

Aircraft on rocks is a C46 Curtiss Commando operated by Lambair that had a forced landing in 1979 about a half-mile from Churchill-Metropolitan Area Airport in Manitoba. Reportedly the aircraft was overloaded. All survived.
Courtesy of Dietmar Eckell
Aircraft on the beach is a Grumman Albatross near Puerto Escondido, Mexico that crashed in 2004 while under pursuit from government aircraft. It was believed to be involved in drug trafficking. According to local news, all survived.
Courtesy of Dietmar Eckell
On the sand is a British Avro Shackleton operated by the South African Air Force that crashed in the Western Sahara desert in 1994 after a double-engine failure. All 19 occupants survived.
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Aircraft in water is a Bristol 170 freighter operated by Pacific Western Airlines that broke through the ice while landing at Beaverlodge Lake, in the Northwest Territories, Canada in 1956. All 3 occupants survived.
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Orange sand aircraft is a Cessna 310 that crashed in Australia in 1993. All survived.
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Aircraft in the tall grass is referred to as "The Swamp Ghost" by locals. It is a B24 Liberator that had a forced landing in Papua New Guinea in 1943. All 9 crewmen survived.
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Aircraft on rocks is a C-47 near Haines, Junction, Yukon Territory that crashed in 1950 while on search for a missing aircraft. All 10 onboard survived.
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Aircraft in trees is a Fairchild C82 operated by Interior Airways that crashed near Beaver, AK in 1965. All 3 occupants survived.
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Aircraft in trees is a Fairchild C82 operated by Interior Airways that crashed near Beaver, AK in 1965
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Small fighter aircraft that ditched in ocean near Honolulu, Hawaii in 1948. The pilot swam to safety.
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A Cessna T50 Bobcat also known as a "Bamboo Bomber" that ran out of gas about 100 miles from Ft Yukon in the 1960s. According to the story, the two pilots walked out.
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Aircraft in trees is a C46 Curtiss Commando that crashed near Thompson, Manitoba, Canada in 1977. Both crew members survived.
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Colleen Mondor

Photographer Dietmar Eckell received a lot of attention earlier this year when he launched a phenomenally successful Indiegogo campaign to fund publication of his coffee table book "Happy End." Looking to raise $4,000, he eventually got more than $57,000 in donations. While many news sites found his photographs of aircraft wrecks to be captivating, few noted that several of the pictures were taken in Alaska.

Eckell learned about the specific accidents profiled in his book through the website of the international Flight Safety Foundation. This is how he also verified that there were no fatalities suffered in any of the crashes, which is why he ultimately titled the book "Happy End." The database provided him with information about the aircraft type, location and the specific circumstances of the accident. For example, the Interior Airways Fairchild C-82A, which he photographed in the Interior village of Beaver, crashed in 1965 after the pilot neglected to use carburetor de-icing and both engines failed.

Over a three-year period beginning in 2010, Eckell visited Alaska and Canada finding the planes he had read about. There are four Alaskan aircraft in "Happy End," from Beaver, Allakaket, Venetie and Fort Yukon. Eckell also visited Adak hoping to obtain transportation out to Atka to photograph a B-24 that crashed 70 years ago, but was unable to do so. He plans to return to that site in the future.

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