It wasn't a bad article. But the stringer who filed it and the editor who approved it missed a bit of history that would have made the article even more poignant:
On May 11 , after almost 20 days in the tundra, a Li-2 transport aircraft spotted the wreck and managed to land next to it to pick up the survivors.The Li-2 was a license-built copy of, you guessed it, the DC-3. The Soviet Union bought a production license for the DC-3 in 1936. The DC-3, as you probably know, is the big brother of the C-47 and all of its variants.