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Plane Lands on Ice Floe to Rescue Explorer

May 28, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A plane made a dangerous ice landing near the North Pole to rescue a stranded British explorer who had spent a week camped on a drifting ice floe with his rations running low. Pen Hadow, 41, was picked up after the plane landed on a makeshift runway he had marked out with plastic bags.

Hadow began his 480-mile trek March 17 from Ward Hunt Island and on May 19 became the first person to reach the North Pole alone and unaided from Canada. Two earlier attempts to retrieve him failed because of breaking ice and thick clouds.

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