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One dead and another injured in Plane Crash

By Iceland Review

A man was killed and another was critically injured when a four-seat Cessna plane crashed into electric lines by a Hvammsgerdi, a fishing cabin by Selá River at the village of Vopnafjördur, reports.

Landspítali University Hospital.

„There are no indications of engine malfunction. They must have miscalculated the altitude,” says Björn Sigurbjörnsson, chief of the local fire department.

He told that the plane had just taken off from the Vopnafjördur Airport, located twelve or thirteen kilometers north of the village.

Cabin guests witnessed the accident and according to local physician Baldur Fridriksson, it appears that the victims were taking a detour on their way south. „It is highly unlikely that they were trying to land. There is no runway here, not even a field,” Fridriksson said.

Fridriksson points out that a fatal accident is always extremely shocking, especially for a little village far away from proper health care facilities and with no task force ready to react to accidents like this. „Here, if two people are injured, that is considered a group catastrophe,” he says. The local minister gave witnesses crisis counseling.

The plane had landed at Vopnafjördur’s airport at 2.35 pm and according to the flight schedule, it was meant to leave at 4 pm. The accident occurred right after 4 pm, but the plane was scheduled to land at Tungubakki Airport by the town of Mosfellsbaer at 6 pm.

An ambulance plane from Akureyri collected the survivor and transported him to Reykjavik between 6 and 7 pm.

Hjördís Gudmundsdóttir at Flugstodir, which operates most of Iceland’s airports, says that the plane’s flight plan and everything else relating to Flugstodir was regular.

Neither of the two men lived in Vopnafjördur.

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