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Accident description
Last updated: 17 July 2018
Status:
Date:Wednesday 21 November 1973
Time:ca 14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3S model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-8 (Super DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 17171
C/n / msn: 43309
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-80
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sólheimasandur (   Iceland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hofn Hornafjördur Airport (HFN/BIHN), Iceland
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Douglas R4D-8 US Navy transport plane had delivered supplies at Hofn Hornafjördur Airport for the radar-station in Stokksnes, Iceland. En route the airplane encountered severe icing. The crew were not able to maintain altitude. A forced landing was carried out on an ice covered river on near coast of Iceland. The ice broke but the airplane did not sink.
The remains of the plane were abandoned and the main fuselage as still there in 2015.

Sources:
» Morgunblađiđ, 22-11-1973


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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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