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Two Killed in Plane Crash in North Iceland

death-announcementsTwo persons died when a two-engine ambulance airplane from Mýflug crash landed on a race track by Hlíðarfjall mountain on the outskirts of Akureyri, Northeast Iceland, in the early afternoon yesterday.

The airplane was returning from an ambulance flight to Reykjavík. Three were on board, two pilots and a paramedic. One of the pilots survived. His condition is not critical. Both of those deceased were locals and in their thirties, Fréttablaðið reports.

A number of people had gathered at the race track when the accident occurred because the Akureyri auto club had organized a race there that was supposed to take place there at 2 pm.

The accident occurred at around 1:30 pm so there were many eyewitnesses. “It was surreal. I stood completely still and watched it happen. It wasn’t until I could feel the heat from the explosion that I got hold of myself and ran away,” recounted Axel Darri Þórhallsson.

“Then airplane parts started raining down, everything from small screws to objects the size of car doors,” Axel continued, adding it was a miracle that no one on the ground was harmed.

The Red Cross offered crisis counseling for witnesses and others in need and around 70 individuals accepted the offer.

Fight security representative of Mýflug Sigurður Bjarni Jónsson described the accident as the worst in the airline’s history. Right now the main thing is not to determine what went wrong but rather to care for those involved, he said.

Mýflug released a statement yesterday explaining that the airplane had been coming in for landing at the Akureyri airport but then the pilots decided to fly around the airport one more time before attempting another approach.

When they realized they wouldn’t make it they decided to try an emergency landing at the race track, the statement went on.

Chief police officer in Akureyri Daníel Guðjónsson told ruv.is that the investigation of the plane crash is in the preliminary stages. The wreck will be investigated again today and afterwards removed from the race track.

Daníel encouraged anyone who may have pictures or footage of the accident to hand them in to the police or the Icelandic Aircraft Investigation Board.

ESA

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