During the course of Stranded Deep, one may find the occasional wreck lying somewhere under the ocean. Plane wrecks are large underwater structures introduced in v0.02 of Stranded Deep. They are the dilapidated remains of different aircraft that have passed over the surrounding area sometime in the past. These types of wrecks are considered a rarer variant of the more common shipwrecks that are found underwater and near islands. Plane wrecks are normally found in relatively deep parts of the ocean, such as the Barren and Sand Plains biomes, and are usually surrounded by either rocks or a lush variety of coral. Players are able to find plane wrecks directly below bubble markers on the ocean surface.
Each plane wreck appears to be an American World War II-styled propeller-driven aircraft, a curtiss C-46 commando. The plane wrecks each hold one propeller per wing. The tail section of each aircraft appears to have been detached by considerable force, as if it had been blown off by an explosion, but no signs of where it could be located have been discovered. These aircraft may have been shot down by Japanese forces in World War II, but thus far, no weapons or military gear have been found on either the nearby islands or within the fuselage itself.
Each wreck type contains several compartments where different kinds of loot can be salvaged. Materials such as duct tape and cloth can be found in hard cases strewn about the wreckages, while large components such as the engine can be uncovered from console cabinets in the main compartments.
Since plane wrecks do not usually rest too deep underwater and do not contain many compartments or containers, it is relatively easy to scout out and loot the entire structure in one dive.
Both ship and plane wrecks are usually filled with containers such as lockers, cabinets, consoles and toolboxes. These containers often contain valuable supplies that could be used to the player's advantage. Plane wrecks, specifically, typically only contain one hard case and a single console cabinet.
The player would be able to identify what kind of loot would be available by observing what kind of container is present: console cabinets often contain the inner components of a motor (items such as an engine, carburetor or propeller) and hard cases often contain smaller supplies that the player can use for varying purposes (items such as cloth, duct tape or a compass).
- The presence of several ship and plane wrecks, as well as other man-made structures such as the sea forts and buoys, suggests that people have explored these areas long before the main character's marooning. From their current state of decomposition, it can be assumed that several years have passed since their sinking/crashing/abandoning.
- Despite the decaying appearance of the ships' and planes' shells, coupled with how far down into the depths they currently rest, the supplies they hold within are oddly well-preserved, to the point where they are still in perfect working condition.