Photos: Remains of planes called 'miracles'

<a href='http://www.dietmareckell.com/?splash=1' target='_blank'>Dietmar Eckell's bid to photograph what he calls "miracles in aviation history"</a> -- airplanes that were forced down without loss of life -- has taken him from African deserts to Papua New Guinean swamps, like this photo. <!-- -->
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</br>"In Papua New Guinea, hiking to the plane was like a time travel -- you pass villages where nothing has changed in the 70 years since the plane landed," says Eckell. "No electricity, running water, and they still go fishing in the dug-out canoes." The B-24D Liberator, an American heavy bomber, has rested in this swamp since 1943, during World War II.

Dietmar Eckell's bid to photograph what he calls "miracles in aviation history" -- airplanes that were forced down without loss of life -- has taken him from African deserts to Papua New Guinean swamps, like this photo.

"In Papua New Guinea, hiking to the plane was like a time travel -- you pass villages where nothing has changed in the 70 years since the plane landed," says Eckell. "No electricity, running water, and they still go fishing in the dug-out canoes." The B-24D Liberator, an American heavy bomber, has rested in this swamp since 1943, during World War II.