Sólheimasandur Plane crash

Sólheimasandur Plane crash

The Sólheimasandur plane Crash – US Navy DC-3, Sólheimasandur, Iceland – October 19th 2017.

The aircraft is a crashed US Navy Douglas C-117D located in Sólheimasandur on the southern coast of Iceland. The remains of the plane – which crashed in 1973 – have remained relatively intact, leading to the crash site becoming a tourist destination. The aircraft was flying from Hofn Hornafjördur Airport to Naval Air Station Keflavik, after delivering supplies for the radar station at Stokksnes. En-route the aircraft encountered severe icing and the crew were forced to land on a frozen river at Sólheimasandur. All 7 crew members survived and were rescued by helicopter, but the aircraft was written off, (surveyed in USN parlance). The unsalvaged remains of the aircraft were left at the scene. As of 2020, the fuselage of the aircraft remains relatively intact, leading to the site becoming a popular tourist destination, but it is not without controversy, not only is it now peppered with gunfire and graffitti, In January 2020, two Chinese tourists were found dead near the plane.

Taken from my Facebook post on the Sólheimasandur plane crash that can be found here – http://bit.ly/2Dp1YmM

I hiked approximately 3 miles through 60mph wind and rain to get to this location. 

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