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Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver near Barkárdal: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 9, 2015 at 1445 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N610LC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Akureyri – Keflavik
MSN:
1446
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
22000
Captain / Total hours on type:
250.00
Circumstances:
At 14:01 on August 9th, 2015, a pilot along with a friend, a contracted ferry flight pilot, planned to fly airplane N610LC, which is of the type De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) from Akureyri Airport to Keflavik Airport in Iceland. The purpose of the flight was to ferry the airplane from Akureyri to Minneapolis/St. Paul in the United States, where the airplane was to be sold. The airplane was initially flown in Eyjafjörður in a northernly direction from Akureyri, over Þelamörk and then towards and into the valley of Öxnadalur. The cloud ceiling was low and it was not possible to fly VFR flight over the heath/ridge of Öxnadalsheiði. The airplane was turned around in the head of the valley of Öxnadalur and flown towards the ridge of Staðartunguháls, where it was then flown towards the heath/ridge of Hörgárdalsheiði at the head of the valley of Hörgárdalur. In the valley of Hörgárdalur it became apparent that the cloud base was blocking off the heath/ridge of Hörgárdalsheiði, so the airplane was turned around again. The pilots then decided to fly around the peninsula of Tröllaskagi per their original backup plan, but when they reached the ridge of Staðartunguháls again the pilots noticed what looked like a break in the cloud cover over the head of the valley of Barkárdalur. A spontaneous decision was made by the pilots to fly into the valley of Barkárdalur. The valley of Barkárdalur is a long narrow valley with 3000 – 4500 feet high mountain ranges extending on either side. At the head of the valley of Barkárdalur there is a mountain passage at an elevation of approximately 3900 ft. About 45 minutes after takeoff the airplane crashed in the head of the valley of Barkárdalur at an elevation of 2260 feet. The pilot was severely injured and the ferry flight pilot was fatally injured in a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
The investigation revealed that the airplane was over the maximum weight limit and its performance considerably degraded as of result of the overweight condition. The ITSB also believes carburetor icing contributed to the accident. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that VMC did not exist on the intended flight route across the peninsula of Tröllaskagi. Finally, multiple human factors issues were identified.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air B200 in Akureyri: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 5, 2013 at 1329 LT
Operator:
Registration:
TF-MYX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Reykjavik - Akureyri
MSN:
BB-1136
YOM:
1983
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crew was returning to its base following an ambulance flight from Reykjavik. On final approach, pilots were instructed by ATC to make a go around and to follow a holding circuit in the west of the airport due to a Fokker ready to depart. Few minutes later, while attempting a second approach, crew completed a left turn to align with runway when it stalled. Left wing hit the ground and the aircraft crashed in flames in a field located 4.4 km northwest of the airport. All three occupants were seriously injured and evacuated to a local hospital. Few hours later, a pilot and the doctor died from their injuries.

Crash of a Dornier DO228 in Siglufjördur

Date & Time: Jun 23, 2004 at 1940 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TF-ELH
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
8070
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing, the aircraft veered off runway and was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Fairchild-Hiller FH-227 in Keflavik

Date & Time: Jul 26, 1998 at 2355 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N564LE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Aberdeen - Keflavik
MSN:
564
YOM:
1967
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Reykjavik, Iceland

Date & Time: Apr 22, 1997 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
OY-AUT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Reykjavik-Sondrestromfjord
MSN:
31-7400183
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Keflavik

Date & Time: Mar 17, 1996 at 1212 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N904WA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Reykjavik-Narsarsuaq
MSN:
0904
YOM:
1981
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0