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Trail fail: Stranded Jeep Grand Cherokee needs an airlift


Trail fail: Stranded Jeep Grand Cherokee needs an airlift

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Trail fail: Stranded Jeep Grand Cherokee needs an airlift

Hey Arnie! Get the choppers ready, Jeep needs our help.

TV Power Nation reports an unfortunate owner of a first generation Jeep Grand Cherokee skidded onto a 4×4 trail and got stuck in a glacier on the Knik Glacier Trail in Alaska.

The driver reportedly drove 16 miles (25 km) through the trail near Butte, Alaska before running into trouble.

follow At X Offroad, the full trail stretches 20.3 miles (32.6km). The website rates the track 6 out of 10 and says it’s quite difficult. It doesn’t have to be a first timer trail.

TV Power Nation the driver reported finding himself stuck between difficult terrain and melting glaciers before calling for help.

Instead of sending a tow truck – due to the rough terrain and weather conditions – Wasilla, Alaska-based Elite Towing and Recovery sent a helicopter to get the Grand Cherokee out of trouble – just like they did in the movie.

follow TV Power Nationa two-tonne UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was called in, costing US$8250 (AU$12,327) an hour for charter flights.

It is understood that the rescue mission took about an hour from takeoff to landing at the base. The Jeep was then loaded onto a flat bed tow truck.

Images of the rescue mission were captured and posted on Facebook by Team Beevors 4×4 review showing a diligent effort to return this car to safety.

Jeeps are known for their off-road capabilities, but sometimes even the toughest can’t avoid a once-in-a-lifetime dramatic rescue.

It’s unclear if the vehicle suffered any permanent damage, or if the driver just walked away with a bruised ego. Either way, it’s a steep price to pay for a quiet day outdoors.

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