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Rescue teams find four bodies after plane crash in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND (AP) – Rescue teams in Iceland located the bodies of all four occupants of a small plane that crashed into a lake while carrying tourists from the United States (US), the Netherlands and Belgium on a sightseeing trip.

The Cessna 172 was discovered in Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s second-largest, at around 11pm local time on Friday, the Icelandic Coast Guard said in a statement. The aircraft was found in a portion of the lake about 50 kilometres east of Reykjavik.

More than 1,000 members of Iceland’s Search and Rescue organisation, along with boats, divers and two Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters, had combed the Thingvellir National Park area in harsh winter weather for the plane.

The Cessna 172 plane took off from the domestic airport in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, on Thursday, for a scheduled two-hour sightseeing tour. It last made contact with aviation authorities about an hour later. It did not send a distress signal.