Authorities find four bodies after tourist plane goes missing in Iceland

The small tourist plane is believed to have crashed in the Thingvellir national park.
The small tourist plane is believed to have crashed in the Thingvellir national park. Copyright MARCEL MOCHET / AFP, FILE
By Euronews with AP, AFP
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The light aircraft is crashed on Thursday in a national park near Reykjavik.

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Rescue teams in Iceland have located the bodies of all four people on board a small tourist plane that crashed into a lake.

The aircraft was discovered on Friday in Lake Thingvallavatn, around 50 kilometres east of the capital Reykjavik.

The Cessna C172 plane was carrying a local pilot, as well as three tourists from the United States, the Netherlands and Belgium.

More than 1,000 members of Iceland’s Search and Rescue organisation -- along with boats, divers and two Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters -- were involved in the search.

The plane took off from the domestic airport in Reykjavik on Thursday for a scheduled two-hour tour.

It last made contact with aviation authorities about an hour later, authorities said, adding that they did not receive any distress signal.

Officials had earlier stated that the plane may have crashed over Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains Iceland’s second-largest lake.

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