Umberto Nobile and 17 other men flew to the North Pole from Spitsbergen on the airship Italia. On the flight back to Spitsbergen the airship crashed, by the time a rescue party arrived half of the party had died or were missing. Tragically Roald Amundsen, who was on an airplane flying a rescue mission, perished when that aircraft went missing and was later found demolished on the ice.