From Iceland — Four Bodies Recovered From Plane Crash In Þingvallavatn

Four Bodies Recovered From Plane Crash In Þingvallavatn

Published February 11, 2022

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Timothée Lambrecq

All four bodies of the men who died in a plane crash in the lake Þingvallavatn have now been recovered from the water. The bodies had been retrieved from the depth of 40-50 meters with a help of a remote-controlled submarine with robotic arms. 

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The rescue operation is believed to be one of the most extensive in Iceland’s history, having involved more than 1000 individuals, including rescue squads, the Icelandic Coast Guard and the police, in the search. The rescue team planned to begin the Cessna 172N aircraft recovery from the water today, but the weather conditions didn’t allow it.

The investigation committee hopes to be able to recover the plane as soon as the weather gets better. The longer it stays underwater, the more likely the evidence will be compromised.

The recovered bodies had already been transported to Reykjavik for identification and autopsy. As reported earlier, the men on board the aircraft that went missing last Thursday were Haraldur Diego, 49, Josh Neuman, 22, Nicola Bellavia, 32 and Tim Alings, 26.

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