Icelandair Flugfélag Islands Flight 704

Flugfélag Íslands Flight 704 was an aircraft accident involving the controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) of a Fokker F27 Friendship on the island of Mykines in Faroe Islands, on 26 September 1970 at 10:56. The Flugfélag Íslands aircraft was on its way to Vágar Airport, making a pass over Mykines before crashing into the highest peak of the island. Of the 34 passenger and crew on board, 8 died in the crash.[1][2] The captain and 7 passengers, all seated on the left side of the plane, were killed. 26 passengers and crew survived, some with serious injuries. Three passengers hiked for an hour to reach Mykines village to alert the authorities. Most of the villagers went up the mountain to aid the survivors before the arrival of the Danish patrol vessel F348 Hvidbjørnen [da].[3][4]

Flugfélag Íslands Flight 704
Mykineshólmur 1.jpg
Mykines seen from Mykineshólmur
Accident
Date26 September 1970 (1970-09-26)
SummaryControlled flight into terrain
SiteMykines, Faroe Islands
Aircraft
Aircraft typeFokker F27 Friendship
OperatorFlugfélag Íslands
RegistrationTF-FIL
Flight originReykjavík Airport, Iceland
1st stopoverBergen, Norway
DestinationVágar Airport, Faroe Islands
Occupants34
Passengers30
Crew4
Fatalities8
Survivors26

AccidentEdit

 
A Fokker F-27, similar to the one involved in the accident

The Fokker F-27 TF-FIL, listed as flight FI 704, was originally scheduled to fly from Reykjavík, Iceland, to Vágar, Faroe Islands on 23 September 1970 but due to fog in Vágar the flight was delayed and again the day after. On 25 September TF-FIL left Reykjavík with an estimated arrival over the "MY" radio beacon near Vágar of 15:52. Due to fog at Vágar, TF-FIL was unable to land and continued on to Bergen Airport in Norway and landed there at 18:22. The following day weather had improved and Flight 704 left Bergen at 08:22 in the morning. The plane arrived over Mykines at about 10:20 but due to foggy conditions, it went into a holding pattern. At 10:52 TF-FIL acknowledged that they would now turn around to the MY beacon and initiate a landing procedure. At about 10:55 TF-FIL reported that it was inbound over MY and descending. About one minute later, the aircraft impacted on the slopes of the highest point of Mykines.

CauseEdit

The cause of the accident was that Flight 704 began the descent through cloud procedure from a starting point other than over "MY" NDB. During this procedure the aircraft hit close to the highest point of Mykines at an altitude of about 1500 ft. The reason for starting the procedure from a position other than "MY", was probably an interference caused by Flight 704's weather radar, which caused the ADF to give the crew an erroneous indication that they were passing "MY" NDB.

MediaEdit

  • Flogvanlukkan í Mykinesi – a two-part Faroese documentary about the crash by Dagmar Joensen-Næs.[5][6]

Coordinates: 62°06′18″N 7°35′21″W / 62.105070°N 7.589285°W / 62.105070; -7.589285

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kristján Már Unnarsson (26 September 2020). "50 ár frá flugslysinu á Mykinesi í Færeyjum". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  2. ^ Dagmar Joensen-Næs (25 September 2020). "50 ár síðan vanlukkuna í Mykinesi". KVF (in Faroese). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Sex Íslendingar meðal 34 um borð". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 27 September 1970. p. 1. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Átta létust í flugslysinu í Færeyjum". Tíminn (in Icelandic). 29 September 1970. pp. 1, 3. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Flugslysið í Færeyjum" (in Icelandic). RÚV. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  6. ^ Kinga Eysturland (31 December 2020). "1970: katastrofa na Mykines". wyspy-owcze.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 1 March 2021.

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