American skateboarder and content creator Josh Neuman was one of four people killed after a small plane crashed into Lake Thingvallavatn in Iceland while sightseeing.
The 22-year-old was on the flight to create commercial content for the Belgian fashion brand Suspicious Antwerp. The flight took off from a domestic airport in Reykjavik on Thursday and was scheduled for a two hour tour, but never returned, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
The four bodies were discovered in Iceland’s second-largest lake on Friday around 11 p.m. The AP reported the Cessna 172 plane was carrying the skateboarder, Tim Alings, Suspicious Antwerp’s sponsorship manager, Nicola Bellavia, a content creator and skydiver from Belgium, and the pilot Haraldur Diego, who was one of Iceland’s most prominent aviators.
About an hour after takeoff the plane made contact with the aviation authorities, who said they never received a distress signal when the plane disappeared from radar on Thursday.
More than 1,000 members of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, along with divers, boats and Icelandic coast guard helicopters, assisted in the search at Thingvellir National Park. The aircraft was ultimately found in a portion of the lake located about 30 miles east of Reykjavik.
Authorities discovered the bodies at the bottom of the lake using autonomous submarine and sonar technology, the AP reported. However, police were unable to retrieve them due to poor conditions.
“Because the weather is rapidly deteriorating, the decision was made to halt the operation, since the safety of divers could not be ensured under the current conditions,” the police said in a statement.
Authorities have not released a cause for the crash at this time.
Bram Boriau, a spokesperson for Suspicious Antwerp, told the AP that the purpose of the sightseeing tour was to capture Iceland’s scenery.
“All persons present were hugely passionate about travel and content creation, hence these themes were the main focus of the trip,” Boriau said.
Suspicious Antwerp posted on their Instagram story confirming the plane consisted of an employee and two content creators.
“We are enormously distressed by the news and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends,” they wrote in the statement. “We are in close contact with them, as well as the authorities, and we’re doing everything we can to assist them during these difficult times.”