An expedition by the Argentine army has recovered human remains and aeroplane parts from the site of a 1947 plane crash high in the Andes mountains.
The plane, part of the now-defunct British South American Airways, was carrying 11 people when it crashed into the face of the Tupungato volcano during a snowstorm.
The bodies and wreckage remained undiscovered for decades until mountaineers stumbled upon the site last month.
An expedition by the Argentine army to the crash site in the Andes recovered the remains of what is thought to be three people, as well as various aeroplane parts and pieces of clothing.
The expedition's advance party set up base camp at the foot of the almost six-thousand-600 metre (22-thousand feet) volcano, Tupungato.
On Tuesday, journalists and other members of the expedition reached base camp and were shown pieces of clothing and parts of the aeroplane that investigators hope will reveal what caused the plane to crash.
The doomed aircraft was an Avro Lancastrian, called Stardust, operated by the now-defunct British South American Airways.
It was carrying 11 people - five crew members and six passengers.
The passengers included three Britons, a German woman, a Palestinian and a Swiss man.
The flight originated in London and stopped at Buenos Aires before disappearing on its way to Santiago, Chile.
Following the crash, teams from England, Chile and Argentina searched the area by air and on skis, but found nothing.
Records indicate heavy snow fell for three days at the time the plane disappeared.
It's expected that crash investigators will find severe weather led to the Stardust smashing into the side of Tupungato.
Aviation experts say the plane - a converted World War II bomber - didn't have de-icing capabilities and was unfit to travel through freezing conditions.
The plane went undetected for more than five decades.
Then in January, five mountaineers climbing through ice fields on Tupungato, just east of the Argentine-Chilean border, came across the remains of the four-engine plane.
The army quickly arranged the recovery mission before the end of the southern hemisphere summer and the onset of harsh weather on Tupungato.
"The remains of at least three people have been recovered - clothes, also remains of instruments and parts of the fuselage - which will enable the investigation into the reasons for the crash to continue."
SUPER CAPTION: Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Bustos, Chief of 2nd Infantry Regiment
The army expedition team expects to take two days to get out of the mountains.
A few days ago, a three-man Argentine airforce team was able to fly to Tupungato and retrieve a few items of the aeroplane.
They used two helicopters specially adapted for high altitude and only had a brief window of good weather to fly to the crash site and then get out again.
They're reported to have found the wreckage scattered around a rock field high on the side of the volcano at about four-thousand-950 metres (16-thousand-500 feet).
The disappearance of the Stardust had been one of the longest-running aviation mysteries in the Andes - the mountain range that was a virtual graveyard for planes during the first half of the century.