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Air Iceland Plane Has Emergency Landing in Nuuk

By Iceland Review

A Dash 8 passenger aircraft from Air Iceland had an accident while landing at the airport in Nuuk, Greenland, on Friday. Thirty-one passengers and a three-person crew were onboard the plane when the accident occurred. They were all unharmed.


An Air Iceland plane. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Árni Gunnarsson, managing director of Air Iceland, told Morgunbladid that the people were spoken to on Saturday and that the airline will do its best to support those who require further assistance.

The airport was closed on Friday as the airplane landed outside the airstrip’s security zone. It was moved on Saturday and is now on the premises of Air Greenland. “It suffered considerable damage and we have to see what we can do about it,” Gunnarsson said.

Technicians from Air Iceland are expected to arrive in Nuuk today, along with representatives of the insurance company Danish Aircraft Accident Investigation Board who will lead the investigation of the accident.

The people who had booked a flight with the airplane back to Iceland were picked up yesterday by Air Iceland’s first flight after the accident. The airline’s usual schedule will begin today with two scheduled flights between Reykjavík and Nuuk.

According to, investigators said it is possible that the airplane’s wheel equipment had failed in the same way as when an airplane from the same manufacturer landed outside of the airstrip in Aalborg, Denmark, three years ago.

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