The wreckage of this plane on the shore of Iceland’s Sólheimasandur Beach looks particularly eerie due to the bed of black sand on which it sits.

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Not one quite knows why US Navy DC-3 plane crashed in Iceland on that fateful day in 1973, although most people suspect it was an empty fuel tank. Fortunately, no one on board the aircraft was killed in the incident.

The wreckage was never salvaged and instead left to rot in the isolated spot. Over 40 years on and the plane still remains remarkable intact, its fuselage still instantly recognisable. Against the stark Icelanic landscape, the planes makes for particularly haunting photography.

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Reportedly, the trail leading to the remote spot has been closed off due to damage caused to the plane by visitors, although it may open again in the future.

Should you wish to visit and the path be open, the co-ordinates are 63.459523 / 19.364618.

Sólheimasandur plane crash Iceland

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Sólheimasandur plane crash Iceland

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