Accident description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 31 January 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Icelandair Flugfélag Islands
Registration: TF-ISG
C/n / msn: 12482
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Hafnarfjördur (   Iceland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vestmannaeyjar Airport (VEY/BIVM), Iceland
Destination airport:Reykjavík Domestic Airport (RKV/BIRK), Iceland
Narrative:
The DC-3 attempted to land at Reykjavik during heavy snowfall. The first attempt to land was aborted as the runway lights were not visible at 500 feet. The crew were instructed to climb to 2000 feet before being asked to try to land again, since visibility had improved a little. Last radio contact was when the crew reported at 700 feet. An oil spot and some pieces of wreckage were found on the sea the next day, some 10 miles from the airport.

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Distance from Vestmannaeyjar Airport to Reykjavík Domestic Airport as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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