One man is dead following the crash of a small, single-engine plane in Barkárdalur, near Akureyri yesterday, RÚV reports. Two men were aboard the aircraft and the survivor is now at Landspítali National University Hospital.
The plane left Akureyri at 2:01 pm yesterday and was scheduled to arrive at Keflavík International Airport at 4:20 pm. At 5:06 pm, when the plane had not yet been heard from, search and rescue teams were alerted. Both Coast Guard helicopters were also called out. Skies were overcast with a low cloud cover in the north at the time of accident.
Forty-three search and rescue teams took part in the search, including over 200 rescue workers, who searched in cars, SUVs, ATVs and on foot. Farmers and travelers were notified and asked if they had seen such a plane pass. The plane was flying a contact flight, according to visir.is and, therefore, did not show up on radar.
The wreck was discovered by the Coast Guard helicopter in Barkárdalur around 9:00 pm last night. Barkárdalur is a valley off Hörgárdalur, west of Akureyri. Both men were transported to hospital.
The surviving pilot of the plane is Captain Arngrímur Jónsson, former CEO of Air Atlanta, according to RÚV , emergency doctor at Landspítali, told RÚV he is seriously injured.
The investigation is ongoing, and there is no information yet about the victim’s identity.