The plane that crashed into the Icelandic glacier thawed after 76 years

On the Eyjafjatlayokudl glacier in Iceland, they found parts of a U.S. Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that crashed here seventy-six years ago. The plane fragments were found because the glacier thawed, the Daily Mail wrote.

Residents of the area of Iceland, where they found the crash site of the U.S. Air Force bomber, consider the wreckage of the aircraft a local landmark that must be preserved. Elimination of the wreckage of the aircraft, respectively, is not planned.

Scientists say that the wreckage of the plane crashed 76 years ago was discovered due to global warming, which forces the Eyjafjatlayokudl glacier to melt rapidly. Iceland’s glacier shields are in an area of high risk associated with the effects of global climate change.

A United States Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crashed in Iceland on September 16, 1944. The plane was refueling in Iceland, and then headed for the UK, but in bad weather, collided with a glacier. As a result, the B-17 wing broke off and the engines caught fire, but the crew (10 people) survived. Under the Eyyafyatlayokudl glacier lies a volcano of the same name, which is famous for the fact that its eruption in 2010 paralyzed air traffic over Europe.