After exploration by a remote submarine, Icelandic authorities have confirmed that skateboarder Josh Neuman was killed in a plane crash on Thursday.
Neuman, 22, had been in Iceland as part of a brand deal with Belgian fashion brand Suspicious Antwerp. The pilot, Haraldur Diego, as well as Nicola Bellavia, a Belgian skydiver and influencer, and Tim Ailings, a Suspicious Antwerp sponsorship manager, were killed in the crash over Iceland’s Lake Thingavallavatn.
Thingvallavatn rift valley lake – CREDIT: ablohkin
Diego, 49, was highly experienced and flew over the lake regularly to conduct photography tours. The cause of the crash remains unclear, though ongoing bad weather in the area has prevented retrieval of the bodies and may have contributed to the disaster.
Neuman created his YouTube channel ten years ago and accrued 1.2 million subscribers, though his exhilarating videos often received many times more views. Depicting Neuman skateboarding at speeds of up to 70mph in jaw-dropping environments, his videos contributed to the resurgence in skateboarding culture in recent years. Neuman’s channel includes the most popular skateboarding video of all time, ‘Racing Down the Austrian Alps,’ which at the time of writing has been viewed nearly eight million times. Racing Down the Austrian Alps – CREDIT: Josh Neuman