Mystery on the Hunchback Hills

On our way down from one of the peaks of the Hunchback Hills Gill found a debris patch that could possibly be an old crash site. There were small pieces of sheet metal and a few larger pieces containing what looked like fuel lines embedded in chunks of metal that were obviously fused together by very high temperatures. About 90 m uphill from the debris, by a very large rock, we had seen a bunch of yellow flagging wrapped around a rock or stump. There is possibility the two are connected, although the flagging was fairly recent (not faded) and the debris appeared quite old.

A section of fused metal with fuel line embedded in it.

Another of the larger pieces of debris.

This area of the Hunchback Hills is not slated for logging according to SLS’s latest plans, so not sure why anyone would be up there. It’s not an easy hike, being fairly steep and off trail. The full UTM reference for the debris is 11U  0641629 E   5654752 N.

Does anyone know what this debris might be. Looks like it’s from an aircraft crash, but we can find no reference to one in this area.

3 comments… add one
  • Tony Daffern Aug 6, 2019, 12:06 pm

    Interesting Cyndi,
    Do you know anything about the crash years back—approximate date, type of plane etc. There are no records on the internet before about 1990. Perhaps some of the retired rangers from the area might remember something.

  • Cyndi Aug 5, 2019, 10:59 pm

    A number of years ago we were searching the slopes up from Elbow Lake for a crash site…apparently someone had reported seeing something similar but nothing was found…and there had been a crash years back on that trajectory…maybe this is related to that crash…

  • davebloggs Jun 3, 2019, 5:09 am

    Interesting they look like plane parts but like you i cant find any record . i normally come in from the powderface trail side when doing hunchback hills , next time im up there i will see what i can find. the logging has certainly changed the route in from powderface.

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