C47 Skytrain Wreck – Iceland.

c-47-skytrain-dakota-wreck-iceland-3(Image: Craig Damlo (website: cymek.com), cc-nc-nd-4.0)
It looks like a scene from the acclaimed TV drama Lost or a post-apocalyptic movie.
This abandoned C-47 Skytrain, also known as a Dakota, is Iceland’s most photographed plane wreck. Once operated by the United States Navy, its abandoned shell has sat virtually untouched on the eerie black sand of Sólheimasandur for 40 years.
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The story began on November 24, 1973 when the C-47 ran out of fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing at Sólheimasandur in Southern Iceland. The crew survived the incident but the plane was abandoned to the elements.
A salvage operation, which may account for the aircraft’s missing outer wings and tail, was later attempted.
But after a fatal helicopter crash, the military decided to leave the wrecked Skytrain where it had crash landed.
c-47-skytrain-dakota-wreck-iceland-5c-47-skytrain-dakota-wreck-iceland-5 (Image: Craig Damlo, cc-nc-nd-4.0)
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