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Fatal Plane Crash Remembered in Iceland

The relatives of the crew and passengers who perished in the crash of the aircraft Glitfaxi on Faxaflói bay 60 years ago sailed to what is assumed to be the scene of the accident south of Álftanes on the Coast Guard cruiser Baldur on Monday.

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The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

At the memorial the events leading up to the accident were discussed and afterwards Minister of the Reykjavík Cathedral Hjálmar Jónsson blessed the watery grave. Before returning to shore, the relatives of the deceased scattered flowers over the ocean to honor their memory, Morgunbladid reports.

On the fateful day, January 31, 1951, 50 children lost their fathers, including Ólafur J. Ólafsson, who had yet to be born. He attended yesterday’s memorial ceremony with his mother, Ellen Waage, and daughter, Magnea Ólafsdóttir.

Morgunbladid recited the story on Monday: TF-ISG Glitfaxi, which had 20 people on board, was headed for Reykjavík Airport en route from the Westman Islands.

Midway the airplane’s pilots received a message that the weather had become “very risky” and that conditions for landing were worsening.

After a failed landing attempt, Glitfaxi returned to Faxaflói and prepared for a second landing attempt. Suddenly the pilots stopped answering the air traffic controller’s call and it was clear that the airplane had crashed.

An extensive search was launched. Parts from the airplane’s wreckage and various objects were found in the following days and weeks but the airplane itself never turned up and neither did any bodies.

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