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Course about plane wrecks in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Reykjavík-based jeep company Arctic Trucks hosts a course tomorrow about plane wrecks in Iceland in cooperation with computer company Ferli. The course includes a sightseeing tour in the spring.

According to Fréttabladid, participants in the one-evening course can listen to presentations on the history of plane wrecks in Iceland, with special emphasis on those that are located close to the capital region.

The course includes a day-trip to one of the most infamous plane wrecks in Iceland. A B-24 bomber crashed in Iceland at the beginning of World War II and 14 men of the allied army were killed. Police officer Ómar Smári Ármannsson will serve as guide.

“We will go on the sightseeing tour on a day in spring when the weather is good. It will be a combination of a drive and a hike,” course organizer Bolli Valgardsson told icelandreview.com.

The B-24 bomber crashed into the mountain Kastid on Reykjanes peninsula on May 3, 1943. Icelandic rescue teams located the plane wreck the next day and managed to rescue the only survivor, gunner George A. Eisel, who had been stuck in the wreckage for 26 hours.

The other 14 crew members were killed in the plane crash, including the US General of the allied forces in Europe, Frank Andrews. He was replaced by Dwight D. Eisenhower, who became the 34th president of the United States in 1953.

The course begins tomorrow at 8 pm and is open to everyone who is interested. Admission fee is ISK 3,500 (EUR 40, USD 50).

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