A bus dating back to the 1940s, where a 24-year-old adventurer starved to death, in the Alaskan wilderness; has been removed after tourists died while trying to reach it.
A US Army helicopter airlifted the vehicle from the spot, which is west of the Teklanika River; where it had been left to rust for more than half a century.
So, why are tourists risking their lives to see an old, dilapidated bus?
The bus was made famous by Into The Wild, a book and a movie, which told the story of Chris McCandless’ death; after he lived inside it, for a total of 114 days during the summer of 1992.
The book, authored by Jon Krakauer in 1996, which was later adapted into a movie in 2017; tells the story of a young idealist who wanted to remove himself from society by hitchhiking to Alaska to live in the wild with very few supplies.
The bus was removed, after the state’s attention was called to over fifteen bus-related searches; and rescue operations between 2009 and 2017.
The bus was blamed for encouraging risky hikes; as adventurers crossed dangerous terrain trying to find it.
According to officials, two tourists died after drowning; while on their way to the vehicle in separate incidents in 2010 and 2019.