Keflavik Airport Under Attack
Attacks and Ground Insurgents at Iceland's Airport
Iceland -- The government of Iceland and NATO spokesmen have
confirmed a massive attack has been launched against the airport in
few media outlets in the area have gathered reports from airport
personnel and civilians living nearby, and concluded the isolated
country appears to be under attack by Russian forces both from the air and
on the ground.
Keflavik airport serves not just civilian flights but also houses a
large contingent of military planes and helicopters belonging to NATO
forces. One airport staffer indicated the first signs of attack he
observed were at around 11:30 pm when he overheard reports that a
military Pave Hawk helicopter had been hit by ground fire - likely an
RPG or Anti-Tank missile - and was limping back to the airfield.
a minute he saw pilots scrambling to their U.S. F-15 air superiority
fighters, with ground personnel prepping the aircraft for takeoff. But
these efforts were hampered almost immediately when mortar round began
falling inside the military section of the airfield. The witness stated
the rounds came in sporadically at first and appeared mostly
ineffective. This changed rapidly when a fuel truck servicing an F15 was
hit and exploded violently. Within seconds another fuel truck was hit.
This one was parked between a pair of fighter jets, and the resulting
explosion engulfed everything within a hundred yards.
A television crew
rushing to the scene captured this footage of a large explosion
behind the main terminal
staff person had access to military radio channels and heard reports
that an air defense gun crew had been killed on the northwest site of
the airfield. This was followed by distant sounds of helicopter gunfire
and radio traffic indicating two military helicopters were firing their
miniguns at enemy troops close to the base. NATO ground fire - primarily
from U.S. Marines believed to be just outside the base perimeter - also
increased around this time.
battling continued off base as mortar rounds continuing to fall
periodically on the airfield. At about 11:40, one explosion severely
damaged a large airplane on the field. The witness could see the plane
from his vantage point, and described how the pilot appeared to maneuver
the aircraft off the runway even while fire rapidly spread along its
frame. Fire trucks were on scene quickly and began dousing the fire with
water and foam, but the entire plane was swallowed up by flames within
seconds. The staff person could not see whether the pilot escaped in
time or not, but commented that his heroic actions kept the runway clear
for other military aircraft to take off and land.
minutes later, one of the helicopters strafing enemy troops west of the
base was shot down just as the other pilot radioed that he'd located a
mortar team suspected to be the source of the rounds hitting the
airfield. This group was in turn fired upon by U.S. marine mortars while
other marines closed in. That effort appeared to be hampered somewhat by
indications that IR (infra-red) scopes were not working, although
nothing was heard subsequently as to why the equipment had
latest word from the airport is that NATO forces are holding their
positions amidst considerable devastation.