(CNN) – The abandoned bus at Stampede Trail in Alaska – famous for its book and movie “Into the Wild” – made its first trip in decades. This time by air.
A helicopter of the National Guard CH-47 Chinook of Alaska took off the bus, also known as the Fairbanks 142 bus and the “Magic Bus”, on Thursday afternoon, the National Guard of Alaska said.
The decision to remove the bus in coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources was made out of concern for public safety, the guard said in a statement. At its current location, near Healy, Alaska, the bus has pulled people into danger in the Alaska desert.
It will be secured, while the department is considering all options for its permanent placement.
The visit to the dilapidated vehicle became a kind of pilgrimage for hikers since Jon Krakauer’s book was published in 1996. An adaptation film was released in 2007.
The non-fiction book describes the life of Christopher McCandless, who grew up in a wealthy suburb of Washington. But after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, he left his comfortable life behind and headed west without telling his friends and family.
A Black Hawk helicopter of the National Guard of Alaska is hovering near the “Bus 142”, which became famous from the book and movie “Into the Wild”.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Reuters
In April 1992, McCandless went to Alaska, where a man threw him at the head of the Stampede Trail, according to the book. A few days later, he boarded an abandoned bus and lived there for about three months before deciding to return to culture.
As he tried to return, he reached a junction of the Teklanika River. But because the river was running fast and high from the rain and snow from the glaciers, it could not pass, according to Krakauer.
Defeated, he turned around and got back on the bus, where he survived for about a month before succumbing to death in August 1992.
Hikers from all over the world try to follow in McCandless’s footsteps every year, but many have failed and need to be saved. Some even died.
Last February, firefighters and state troops in Alaska rescued five Italian hikers at Stampede Trail as they were returning from a visit to an abandoned bus.
Less than a year ago, a Belarusian woman died on the way trying to cross the Teklanika River to visit the bus with her new husband.