Air Crash Site #2 Trail
A short hike to the remains of one of 3 aircraft that crashed near Kangerlussuaq in 1968 in bad weather
What you can expect on the trail
In 1968, three US Air Force training jets crashed into the hills around Kangerlussuaq due to bad weather. The wreck of one of these is located a short distance off the road to Lake Ferguson on the edge of a small lake.
Although most of the plane has disappeared, there are significant remains at the site – including crumpled aircraft pieces and many metal fragments with markings still intact. Please help us preserve what remains by not disturbing, altering or removing anything from the site.
The trail from the road to the crash site is not marked but is mostly obvious, following an established route through the heath. Make sure you keep an eye out for Musk Oxen that often frequent the area.
The trail begins at the bridge that crosses the river on the south side of town. From there, take the road that heads off to the right and has wonderful views over the sandy delta at the head of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord.
The road curves around the base of the mountain in big loops, and while you may be tempted to cut the second curve by taking the shortcut along the dirt track that follows the water pipe, don’t. Keep following the road until you reach the sign for Air Crash Site #2.
Although the trail is not marked, it is distinct and easy to follow. Look to the right of the sign and you will see it heading up towards the crash site. Follow this trail up through the heath until it becomes unclear where you should go at a large freestanding boulder. Look to your right and you will see a shelf of rock leading to a small pass at about the same height. Head off in this direction and you will regain the trail.
The pass overlooks a small lake and the site of the crash. What remains of the wreckage is located on the other side of the lake, so make your way around to that side to explore further.
Please do not disturb or remove any of the aircraft wreckage.
Follow the same trail back to the road where you can return to Kangerlussuaq, or follow the ATV track over to the cabins and then down to Lake Ferguson for a more extended outing.
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- There may be no cell phone coverage on parts of the trail. Ideally, you should do this hike with another person, but at least let someone know your plans and when you expect to return.
- Weather can change very quickly. Even on a sunny day, make sure you bring a wind- and waterproof jacket with you as a minimum. If the weather starts to turn, descend immediately.
- Make sure you bring a full water bottle. There is not much water along this trail. We also recommend you bring sunscreen, a sun hat, and a mosquito head-net.
- Please minimize your impact on the environment. Follow existing roads and trails, don’t build or alter cairns, and take all your rubbish back to Kangerlussuaq with you.