Google Maps Street View has captured what appears to be an eerie plane crash site in the middle of a lake in Alaska, USA. The wreck of the plane is partially submerged in the lake, earning the moniker The Lady of The Lake after the Arthurian legend. But is the plane the result of a tragic crash? The answer is actually far less dramatic. The plane is a B-29 weather reconnaissance aircraft once belonging to Eielson Air Force Base.
It was taken out of service after World War II at a time when many such planes were stripped of their useful parts and recycled, according to Amusing Planet.
Removed from the active aircraft inventory, this B-29 was designated for open water extraction practice.
It served this purpose for several years, only going unused during the winter weather.
However, the grounded plane eventually became too dangerous as the water level rose and it was abandoned.
The wreckage of the B-29 has been there ever since, with many photographers snapping the ghostly site and sharing their images on Google Maps.
Still located on Eielson Air Force Base, visiting the site will require either a military ID or visitor’s pass to access to the base.
The aircraft is one of the many plane wreck sites that has been captured by Google Maps.
Google Maps Street View also snapped a remarkable plane crash on a remote beach in Iceland.
The wreck is remarkably intact and can even be explored by visitors who can climb inside the shell.
The US Navy DC-3 super bus plane crashed back in 1973 on the shore of Iceland’s black sand Sólheimasandur Beach.
Today the cargo plane is simply a husk – its tails and wings have disappeared and the windows are smashed in.
Even though the wreckage may look like the aftermath of a serious crash – the incident, in fact, had no casualties and all the crew survived.
It’s unclear what resulted in the military plane being forced to carry out an emergency landing.
According to some sources the plane ran out of fuel after the pilot switched to the wrong fuel tank.
The plane was abandoned after the crash and has been left to rot and weather the arctic gales on the Icelandic beach.
Tourists can visit the wreckage but you are no longer allowed to drive up to the site – and the walk is a desolate one. The plane is located around six miles off the main road west of Vik on Sólheimasandur Beach.
Google Earth also has captured what appears to be a crashed plane hidden in a rainforest in south-west Canada.
The image is in fact the site of the Canso Bomber plane crash in what is now the Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia. The crash has been there ever since the shock accident happened back in 1945.
Google Earth shows the wreckage of the plane as a spot of white among the green of the rainforest.