An Icelandic family was on board the private plane that crashed in the Fljótshlíð area in South Iceland yesterday, RÚV reports. Three of the five on board – a married couple and their son – were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two, the couple’s second son and daughter-in-law, were transported to the National University Hospital with serious injuries. Their condition is stable.
The aircraft which crashed was a Piper PA-23 model. The pilot, who according to police is highly experienced, was practicing touch and go landing at the Múlakot airport before the accident occurred. Witnesses of the crash received trauma support from the Icelandic Red Cross’ emergency response team.
Response crews encountered difficult conditions at the scene of the accident, as a fire had broken out in one of the aircraft’s wings when they arrived. The regional Fire Chief told RÚV that local firemen have limited experience of plane crashes and therefore needed time to figure out the best way to respond to the accident.
The transport accident investigation committee has completed its investigation of the event, though the cause of the accident is still under investigation by South Iceland Police. Authorities say it could take a long time to complete the investigation.