Bodies and remains will not be recovered in the Alaskan accident that killed the pilot and four Polish travelers

  The National Park Service announced that it will complete efforts to recover the bodies and wreckage of the K2 Aviation plane that crashed on August 4 near the top of Thunder Mountain.

A small plane that crashed into Alaska's Denali National Park, killing five people on board, will remain on an almost vertical slope due to the substantial risk to recovery equipment, officials said Friday.

The National Park Service announced that it will complete efforts to recover the bodies and wreckage of the K2 Aviation plane that crashed on August 4 near the top of Thunder Mountain.

"The decision was made that it is not possible to recover the bodies or the plane," spokeswoman Katherine Belcher said by email.

  The National Park Service announced that it will complete efforts to recover the bodies and wreckage of the K2 Aviation plane that crashed on August 4 near the top of Thunder Mountain.

The National Park Service announced that it will complete efforts to recover the bodies and wreckage of the K2 Aviation plane that crashed on August 4 near the top of Thunder Mountain.

The plane was carrying pilot Craig Layson and four passengers from Poland on what was supposed to be a one-hour excursion that included the Kahiltna Glacier, where most people begin their treks in attempts to climb Denali, the highest peak from North America. The plane took off from nearby Talkeetna.

The park service has not published the names of the passengers at the request of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.

Thunder Mountain is about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) southwest of the summit of Denali.

Layson called his office immediately after the accident and an hour later, informing the injured passengers.

Low clouds and bad weather have hampered rescue and recovery operations since the night of the accident.

A park ranger dragged with a line under a helicopter finally arrived at the crash site on Tuesday. He confirmed the death of four people inside Havilland Beaver, but he had to be removed after five minutes because the clouds were moving.

A second ranger from the park service was transported on Friday and spent 59 minutes on the site. The gamekeeper confirmed the fifth person dead among the remains, Belcher said.

The plane is broken in half behind the wing, and the tail section of the fuselage is bringing the plane down to the Kahiltna glacier at 3,500 feet (1067 meters) below.

The plane is broken in half behind the wing, and the tail section of the fuselage is bringing the plane down to the Kahiltna glacier at 3,500 feet (1067 meters) below.

The plane is broken in half behind the wing, and the tail section of the fuselage is bringing the plane down to the Kahiltna glacier at 3,500 feet (1067 meters) below.

Due to the danger, the ranger remained connected to the rope connected to the helicopter suspended at all times.

Thunder Mountain is a knife edge ridge about one mile long on the Kahiltna glacier.

The plane is tilted up in the snow on the steep slope of the mountain in a depression at the top of a vertical crack.

Chris Erickson, the first park ranger to visit the wreckage, said on Wednesday that the plane could be on a snowy promontory that is not supported by rock and is loosely attached to the mountain.

The crack is a dangerous and potentially deadly ground trap if there is even a small avalanche, the park service said in a statement.

The plane is broken in half behind the wing, and the section of the tail of the fuselage is descending towards the Kahiltna glacier at 3,500 feet (1067 meters) below.

More than 2.5 feet (0.76 meters) of new snow have fallen at the crash site, carrying an almost 45 degree incline just above the plane, the park service said.

Recovery teams would face other hazards, such as exposure and irregular metal protruding parts.

"Recovering bodies and aircraft under current conditions would require an extremely complex and unfeasible recovery operation," the park service said in its announcement.

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