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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.