The Gauli glacier has a length of about 6 km, is in an average 1 km wide and covers together with its side glaciers an area of approximately 13,5 km2. In its shape and position, it corresponds to a typical valley glacier. On November 19, 1946 an American military plane (Dakota C - 53) crashed on the Gauli glacier. Among the eight passengers there were high-ranking military of American occupation forces in Austria and their family members and four crew members. In the accident there were injured persons, but no deaths. The circumstances of their rescue only six days later received global attention. It was the first alpine air rescue in the world.