U.S. skateboarder Belgian influencer killed in Icelandic crash

Iceland’s Akureyri — American skateboarder and social media influential Josh Neuman was one of four men killed when a tourist plane crashed into a lake in Iceland, north. Icelandic officials said on Monday.

Neumann, 22, was in flight to create commercial content for the suspicious Antwerp, a Belgian fashion brand, with the company’s sponsorship manager, Tim Allings, 27. Nicola Bellavia, a 32-year-old Belgian skydiver and social media influencer.

Pilot Haradur Diego, 49, was one of Iceland’s most prominent aviators and was considered a pioneer in photography tours.

On Sunday, four suspected male bodies were found on Iceland’s second-largest lake, Þingvallava, using autonomous submarines and sonar technology.

Due to bad weather, divers were unable to recover the bodies found at depths up to 157 feet (48 meters).

“For the safety of divers, we have to wait until the weather improves,” police chief Odur Arnason told The Associated Press.

The Cessna 172 did not send a distress signal after disappearing from the radar on Thursday. More than 1,000 members of the Icelandic search and rescue organization helped search for an aircraft found on Saturday in a part of a lake about 30 miles (50 km) east of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.

Neuman is best known for creating one of the most watched skateboarding videos on YouTube, with about 1.2 million subscribers on his channel.

According to Neuman’s homepage, he began making video with his father’s camcorder at the age of 12, then dropped out of college to pursue an extreme sports and filmmaking career.

In 2020, he released a sponsored video of the suspicious Antwerp, skating on a longboard on a winding road in Los Angeles.

Suspicious Antwerp spokesman Bram Boriau said the purpose of the flight was to capture a spectacular view of Iceland.

“These themes were the main focus of travel, as everyone in attendance was so enthusiastic about traveling and creating content,” he told AP in an email.

Egil Bjarnason

Associated Press


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