Loftleiðir (Icelandic Airlines) Airspeed Consul TF-RPM, Crow Stones Edge. Cheetah engine.

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Loftleiðir (Icelandic Airlines) Airspeed Consul TF-RPM, Crow Stones Edge

12 April 1951. Loftleiðir Consul TF-RPM was on the return journey to Reykjavik when it crashed in the Peak District, 40 miles off track. The flight plan had included refueling stops at Liverpool and Prestwick, but strong westerly winds may have pushed the Consul to the east and over the hills. It is probable the pilot, Captain Magnusson brought his aircraft down through the cloud expecting nothing but clear air and Liverpool beneath him. Instead the Consul struck the moors north of the Derwent Valley at cruising speed with the loss of all 3 on board.

Captain Phil Magnusson, Loftleiðir, pilot
Mr Alexander Watson, Morton Aviation, Croydon, wireless operator
Mr Johann Rist, passenger

Icelandic Airlines operated between 1944 and 1973, until merging to become Icelandair.

I like this quote from wikipedia;

“…. in the late seventies, Loftleiðir were often referred to, even by the company´s own staff, as “the Hippie Airline”. Many young Americans travelled to Europe after graduation, to experience the “old-world culture” and they were more concerned with getting there cheaply than comfortably or even exactly on time. Loftleiðir were not famous for punctuality, but flying with the company became a sort of rite of passage for those young “hippies”, one of whom was Bill Clinton.”

Below; the main part of the wreckage. The other Cheetah engine was partially buried in the middle of this lot, and was wrapped in polythene; someone has plans for it, clearly.

Below; Early 1950’s Icelandic Airlines Timetable
Image courtesy of Björn Larsson

Below; An Airspeed Consul and a more modern airliner.
Image from Skyscraper City

Crash occured the same day as two Gloster Meteors crashed on Black Hill, just 9 miles to the north west.
Tail section of one of them. Click here for more.

16 comments on “Loftleiðir (Icelandic Airlines) Airspeed Consul TF-RPM, Crow Stones Edge. Cheetah engine.
  1. mojo_black says:

    That seems like quite a sizeable amount of wreckage to have survived out there for such a long time. Interesting story too, could be a warning considering the amount of budget airlines around atm?

  2. andyholmfirth says:

    Fair old chunks of metal still around.

  3. nondesigner59 says:

    And the wreckage still remains.!!! Great photos.

  4. PeaceLoveScoobie says:

    Help me here Ian, I’m a little naive. How come these wreck sites weren’t cleaned up when they happened? Weren’t they investigated and the wreckage gone through, like they do today???

  5. amyrey says:

    Amazing how much of it is still there. I guess it must be pretty remote. So how they gonna get the engine off the moor I wonder. And what for? The plot thickens…..

    Good to remember the passenger and crew…..

  6. mick cooke says:

    nice one Ian , must be hell of a lot of wreckage up on them hills wonder if its all been found, great photos and story

  7. Tech Owl says:

    Good angle for the top shot. Nice comprehensive info as usual Ian. Large chunck around, and some wrapped?? hmmm

  8. Ian D B says:

    Thanks everyone, always appreciate your thoughts on these photos more than any of the others.

    I suppose there is a normal / decent amount of wreckage at this site, some of the more remote ones have much more, others there is nothing left at all.

    English Heritage estimate there to have been in excess of 10,000 military plane crashes in the UK between 1939 and 1945 (I think they mean the UK and not just England) a figure which takes into account Allied and Axis aircraft.

    Plane crashes happened often then, and salvage crews would strip anything sensitive or secret, any human remains where possible and also remove ordnance or detonate it. Then the wrecks were sometimes carted away on long flatbed "Queen Mary" trailers, though more hard to reach wreckage or stuff that could not be moved was often just broken up and burned or tumbled into gullys or buried so as to prevent other passing aircraft reporting a known crash site as a new incident.

    But beyond that… These were different times and stuff just remained on the hills. Over the years souvenir hunters lift it and take it home with them, starting with more desirable objects such as components, or swastikas from Luftwaffe aircraft, or nose art, so the remains diminish, in spite of them now having legal protection. It is one reason we photograph and record the histories here; as has been pointed out, this is the last chance to see this stuff, soon there’ll be nothing left at all.

    As for the engine being wrapped in plastic, we think that someone is removing bits of it over time, there is evidence of that happening. It was purposely buried, hidden under the rest of the wreckage. Perhaps it is going to a museum? Doubtful, and even then, remains in museums often look rubbish in my opinion, shoved in dusty corners where no-one pays any attention to them. These remains have become part of the landscape and should be left where they are.

    It is still possible to find remains of plane crashes from more recent times where the wreckage is hard to get to (see this 1987 crash for instance)
    Piper Saratoga G-BNJS on Bowfell.

    But yes, for the most part the authorities these days are keen to clear up wreckage for their investigations.

    Source; English Heritage PDF

  9. Hotpix [LRPS] Hanx for 1.5M Views says:

    Super shot and great detail into the background Ian. Very sad.
    Have a great weekend 😎

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  10. Nate Parker Photography says:

    another great article Ian, keep em comin. also, have you heard they finally found the air france black boxes. technology has advanced us so far but it still feels so primitive to be mortally reliant on machines. have a good one bub-

  11. Richard Tierney says:

    Another one for the collection Ian…. thought about doing your own book? you must have quite a collection of photographs that you could incorporate alongside written reports in the public domain? You have got me hooked now Ian.

  12. Gary Shield says:

    Superb as ever Ian

  13. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. gastephen says:

    Interesting stuff, Ian.

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  15. pasujoba says:

    Missed this earlier , Some great research here Ian , particuarily like the poster .
    I hadnt realised that the meteors had crashed the same day , a busy time for the rescue services in the Dark Peak then.

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