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Chinese tourists died in 1973 in a plane crash in Iceland

A woman observes the remains of the Sólheimasandur air disaster in southern IcelandCopyright of the image
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The 1973 incident in southern Iceland became a tourist destination

Two Chinese citizens were found dead on the scene of a 1973 plane crash in southern Iceland.

Police reported that the man and woman, both in their twenties, were found near the Sólheimasandur accident site.

A police spokesman told the BBC that a post mortem would take place early next week to determine the causes of death.

The officers had found no sign of a “criminal act” from a third party, he added, adding that the bodies showed signs of hypothermia.

In 1973 an American military plane ran out of fuel and landed on Sólheimasandur beach. Nobody was killed.

The plane’s fuselage still rests on the site and has become a tourist attraction.

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According to a police statement (in Icelandic), agents were called to the scene on Thursday after people found a woman’s body off a path leading to the crashed plane. Officers found the man’s body a short distance away about two hours later.

In the parking lot of the site a car was found that was thought to have been hired by the couple. The Chinese embassy was informed of their death, the statement said.

Jóhannes Thór Skúlason, head of the Icelandic Tourism Association, told the Icelandic news site Ruv that his team worked with hotels and car rental agencies to warn tourists of bad weather.

“We have been fortunate in the explosion of the tourism industry in recent years, although there are some events of this type that we have had to face,” he said.

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