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Plane wreck (PiP)

Plane wreck (PiP) 

In 1968 three American Lockheed T-33 crashed near Kangerlussuaq. They couldn't land because of whiteout conditions and ran out of fuel but the pilots managed to save themselves. Bits of wreckage still lie around by the roadside.

1968 stürzten drei amerikanische Lockheed T-33 bei Kangerlussuaq ab. Weil sie wegen eines Schneesturms nicht landen konnten, ging ihnen der Sprit aus, die Piloten konnten sich aber per Schleudersitz retten. Wrackteile kann man noch heute direkt neben der Strasse bewundern.

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Ian Wood, Luc Reiniche, Heidiho, Rainer Wahl and 38 other people have particularly liked this photo


56 comments - The latest ones
 Berny
Berny club
Mich wunderts, dass da noch immer Teile liegen, bei der massiven Zerlegung der Maschine!
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Berny club
Schönen Dank, Berny! Das ist ein Gletschertal, da liegen sie ganz geschützt. Und klauen tut keiner, weil da nur die Touren zum Inlandseis vorbeikommen, wo einer aufpasst;-)
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Amazing details !!
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you, Jaap!
8 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
That is sad Gudrun. I wonder why they have left parts of the planes there? You have recorder it very well.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thanks a lot, Rosa! The Americans had a base nearby and when they gave it up they left all their rubbish, as miliitary usually do, especially in such extremely sparsely populated areas.
8 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Traurige Geschichte - aber wenigstens gabs keine Toten! Die haben wohl keine Schrottsammler auf Grönland??
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Dida From Augsburg club
Besten Dank, Dida! naja, diese Jagdflugzeuge stürzen ja auch sonst gerne mal ab und bei dem Klima ist das Risiko halt groß. Schrottsammler - da leben gerade mal ein paar Hundert Leute auf einem riesigen Gebiet und die Amis haben auch Unmengen an Ölfässern hinterlassen;-)
8 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Looking at the PiP, it's amazing that there were no casualties. I have seen a crashed plane in Norway,
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Amelia Heath club
Thank you so much, Amelia! These were military planes with only one pilot and an ejector seat;-)
8 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Interesting images, I see a few people have 'autographed' the wreckage.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to tiabunna club
Thanks a lot, George! Even out there with so few people around you have some vandals;-)
8 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Ein interessanter Fund ! Danke für die Erklärung dazu, Gudrun !
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Ulrich John club
Danke vielmals, Ulrich!
8 months ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Das sieht sehr nach der Haube der Pilotenkanzel aus - ohne das wohl abgesprengte Glasdach nach Schleudersitzbetätigung...
Die Teile lagen wohl in früheren Jahren noch ganzjährig unter Schnee und Eis...??
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to ©UdoSm club
Herzichen Dank, Udo! Ja, das mit der Pilotenkanzel vermute ich auch...
Diese Gegend liegt ziemlich weit im Landesinneren, da herrscht Kontinentalklima mit warmen Sommern und extrem kalten Wintern, deshalb nehme ich an, dass das im Sommer schon lange schneefrei ist.
8 months ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
Interessant!
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Proxar club
Danke, Proxar!
8 months ago.
 Daniela Brocca
Daniela Brocca club
Wenigstens haben sie sich gerettet.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Daniela Brocca club
Ja, das war ja ein Absturz mit "Ansage", weil der Sprit ausgegangen ist.
8 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A cracking little set of photos Gudrun.................I like the main image especially but I'd never have guessed what it was without the PiP.

I also like the wider view that shows more wreckage. The details are fantastic and that flash of yellow draws the eye immediately.

I'm amazed that anyone survived the crash............but sadly not surprised that the US Military left the wreckage for someone else to clear up!
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Keith Burton club
Many thanks, Keith! The PiP was definitely necessary for context;-) I think fighter pilots are trained in using the ejector seat and they knew they were going to crash...
Well, not only the US military, the Greenlanders themselves just leave their old stuff to rot and sewage goes into the ocean....
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wenigstens glimpflich ausgegangen.....
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
Schönen Dank, bk! Bei den Witterungsbefdingungen mussten sie auf sowas eingestellt sein...
8 months ago.
 Tacheles
Tacheles club
Hoilix Blechle. Eín Fall für die Stadtreinigung. ;))
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Tacheles club
Danke vielmals, Norbert! Naja, die nächste Stadt ist fast 130km entfernt- ohne Strasse;-) Der Flughafen/das Dorf ist ca. 30km weit...
8 months ago.
Tacheles club has replied to Gudrun club
Man sollte den Grönländern vielleicht die Kehrwoche schmackhaft machen. ;)
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Tacheles club
Das käme da nicht so gut an, die kommt ja selbst bei uns aus der Mode;-)
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Bien vu et bien rendu ******

Bonne et agréable semaine .
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Merci beaucoup, Malik!
8 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
amazing
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Mario Vargas club
Gracias, Mario!
8 months ago.
 Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart club
Are we also crash people ?
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Sylvain Wiart club
Fighter pilots often are;-)
8 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Stehen die Teile jetzt unter Denkmalschutz, Gudrun?
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Ruesterstaude club
Schönen Dank,Volker! Haha, die hat nur keiner weggeräumt, weil da eh keiner lebt;-)
8 months ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Oh my goodness, such is the life of fighter pilots. Thankfully they were able to eject from the plane. It's a shame the debris was not cleared away by the American Military. It's interesting to see, although it does clutter the environment. Thanks for sharing Gudrun. :)
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Clickity Click club
Many thanks, Chris! At the time the planes crashed there wasn't a road. But around the airport you can see many rusty oil drums. Well, Greenlanders themselves don't clean up their rubbish so much, it just gets collected out of sights. What will burn gets burned, everything else lies around in heaps;-)
8 months ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
Incredible that anyone could walk away from this unharmed Gudrun. Amazing images. I am also surprised that the wreckage was just left there, - a sobering sight for anyone seeing this I would imagine.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Ecobird club
Thanks very much, Carol! Yes, they were lucky indeed! This is an out of the way place, just a few 4x4 buses a day and they treat it as a sight;-)
8 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
Wow what a totally amazing and chilling set of pictures! What a terrifying situation, I'm so glad that the pilot and crew got out OK.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Janet Brien club
Thank you so much, Janet! They were on a training flight and got more training than they bargained for....
8 months ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Verursacht Gänsehaut...der Gedanke an so ein Unglück...
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Tanja - Loughcrew club
Wohl wahr, das war ein "anspruchsvoller" Trainingsflug mit Schleudersitz- und Wildnistraining....
8 months ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
ist das nun gut oder schlecht das der "Müll" da liegen bleibt?
Aber in Skandinavien findet man ja auch viele olle Machinen die in der pampa stehen und verrotten statt irgendwo gesammelt auf einem schrottplatz. und so ist es ein Fotomotiv und Art Gedenkstätte
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to niraK68 club
Bei den Orten karren sie sowas einmal um die Ecke auf einen Schrottplatz, aber hier ist der näcchste "Ort" eine Ecke weg. Auch in Island oder Patagonien liegt so Zeug meist einfach in der Gegend rum und auf den Höfen sammeln sich die alten Autos und Traktoren;-)
8 months ago.
 Mariano
Mariano club
Una lamentable curiosidad !
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Mariano club
Muchas gracias, Mariano! It's a tourist attraction now;-)
8 months ago.
 Esther
Esther club
Thanks for letting us know that this was not a tragic incident. Great close up.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Esther club
Thanks a lot, Esther! I guess fighter flights in winter conditions are risky, but they were prepared and got out in time...
8 months ago.
 LotharW
LotharW club
Sieht aus, wie angeschossen...
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to LotharW club
Schönen Dank, Lothar! Wer weiß, vielleicht haben irgendwelche Rentierjäger ein bisschen draufgeballert?;-)
8 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Gudrun

Very interesting story and nice photos too.

There are a few bits of old airplane wrecks on the mountains of Snowdonia too. Just too far away from a road to be worth the effort of collecting.

Best Wishes,
Peter
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
Thanks a lot, Peter! There is probably more wreckage in inaccessible places than we imagine...
8 months ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
was man hier in der Wildniss alles findet, bei uns hätte der Schrotthändler schon zugeschlagen.
8 months ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Leo W club
Besten Dank, Leo! Und bei denen liegt das einfach so rum, auch jede Ansiedlung hat ihre Schrotthäufen;-)
8 months ago.

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