Three died last night, July 9, in a plane crash southwest of Egilsstaðir.
First responders in East Iceland were called out last night after following reports of a missing plane, reported to be a Cessna 172. The 4-seater aircraft sent out a distress call around 5:01pm. In addition to ICESAR and a coastguard helicopter, Vísir reports that a helicopter from a tourist travel service also joined the search. Nearly all East Iceland first responders were called out.
The wreckage was seen around 8:00pm last night. Initially spotted by an Icelandair flight en route to Egilsstaðir, the crash site was confirmed by the tourism helicopter.
The three, including the pilot and two passengers, were pronounced dead at the scene.
East Iceland police have stated that the case is still in its early stages and they will investigate the matter further with the proper authorities.