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Wreckage of crashed C-47 SkyTrain in Iceland

Plane wreck in Iceland

Wreckage of crashed C-47 SkyTrain

On November 21, 1973, the American plane C-47 SkyTrain made an emergency landing on the beach south of Iceland due to bad weather and fuel shortages.

The plane itself was severely damaged and is still buried in the black volcanic sand. Miraculously, all occupants survived the accident.

During the subsequent rescue attempt, according to several sources, a helicopter crashed, claiming the lives of an unspecified number of occupants.


A local farmer discovered that the pilots of the crashed aircraft wrongly assumed that they had run out of fuel on board, because a second tank was still fully charged, enough fuel to run his tractors for a year. The tail of the plane was sold to a hotel operator.

Movie decor

The wreck regularly forms the backdrop for films or TV programs, such as in "Heima" by Sigur Rós. In 2016, the site owner announced that it would close the access road to the aircraft: the costs for maintaining the road were too high due to the high flow of visitors.

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