Reykjavik, Iceland — Icelandic rescue teams were looking for a small plane that appeared to have crashed on a sightseeing trip while carrying three foreign tourists.
More than 500 members of the Icelandic Search and Rescue Organization, along with boats, divers and two Iceland Coast Guard helicopters, for planes carrying pilots and tourists from the United States in harsh winter weather. I combed the Þingvelli National Park area. Netherlands, Belgium.
The Cessna C172 plane took off from the domestic airport in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, on Thursday and was scheduled for a two-hour tour. It finally contacted the aviation authorities about an hour later. It did not send a distress signal.
Officials said the plane may have collided with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellill National Park, about 30 miles (50 km) east of Reykjavik, including Iceland’s second largest lake.
“Mobile phone data provided a reason to narrow the search area to the Thingvellir area,” Asgrimur Larus Asgrimsson, head of operations for the Iceland Coast Guard, told The Associated Press.