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.
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.