How the Dakota looked

I’ve found a picture of the famous U.S Navy airplane C-47 Skytrain, also known as” Dakota” that is taken right after the plane has crashed. It is said that the captain of the plane had to make an emergency landing on Sólheimasandur’s black sandy beach in the south of Iceland.

The crew survived the landing and the remains of the plane are still at the exact same place where it crashed.

Dakota I
Photogrpaher unknown


This is how the Dakota looks like these days.
Years of harsh Icelandic weather have wiped out every paint detail, and engines as well as inside stuff have been taken out either by the U.S at that time, or trophy hunting tourists…


The black sand beach gives the wreckage a very eery and dramatic look, and seems to come right out of a apocaliptic movie. Not so long ago the owners of the beach closed the access to the plane, cause tourists where off track driving and ruining the beach.

Hopefully a solution can be found for this and many other beautiful places in Iceland to protect these extraordinary sites.

GPS  coordinates: 63.459523,-19.364618


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