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Helicopter crash kills five. UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Five people have died in what authorities believe is one of the worst land-based helicopter crashes in Norwegian history. The company Airlift's Eurocopter AS350 B3 crashed and caught fire approximately one kilometre before landing in what was reported to be bad weather yesterday evening near Vassli between Dalamot and Busete in Hardanger, some 85 kilometres east of Bergen. Police were not alerted until approximately 45 minutes afterwards due to no mobile network coverage in the area. 27-year-old Kjetil Bu from Kinsarvik and his girlfriend Karianne Ringkjøb Dahl, 29, from Bergen, 18-year-old Siv Holtan from Lindås who's boyfriend was Mr Bu's younger brother, and Mr Bu's brother-in-law Andreas Søvik Fossmark, 24, from Vaksdal, were on their way from Kinsarvik to help build a new mountain cabin when the aircraft went down. The pilot, 39-year-old Tore Bendigtsen Ystanes from Bergen, was also killed.

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Helicopter crash kills five

Published on Tuesday, 5th July, 2011 at 07:36 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 5th July 2011 at 23:19.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Five people have died in what authorities believe is one of the worst land-based helicopter crashes in Norwegian history.

A Eurocopter AS350 B3 (illus. ph.)
The helicopter is the same type that crashed yesterday.A Eurocopter AS350 B3 (illus. ph.)
Photo: aaron_anderer/Flickr


The company Airlift's Eurocopter AS350 B3 crashed and caught fire approximately one kilometre before landing in what was reported to be bad weather yesterday evening near Vassli between Dalamot and Busete in Hardanger, some 85 kilometres east of Bergen. Police were not alerted until approximately 45 minutes afterwards due to no mobile network coverage in the area.

27-year-old Kjetil Bu from Kinsarvik and his girlfriend Karianne Ringkjøb Dahl, 29, from Bergen, 18-year-old Siv Holtan from Lindås who's boyfriend was Mr Bu's younger brother, and Mr Bu's brother-in-law Andreas Søvik Fossmark, 24, from Vaksdal, were on their way from Kinsarvik to help build a new mountain cabin when the aircraft went down. The pilot, 39-year-old Tore Bendigtsen Ystanes from Bergen, was also killed.

VG reports the four passengers were to meet the landowner father and father-in-law to all four on the construction site at Dalamot in Ullensvang Municipality. Both he and a group of four additional people flown in earlier in the day witnessed the accident. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The blaze burnt out the aircraft completely and lasted for several hours. (Watch the video from 330 Squadron below). Police revealed at today's press conference the five tried to save the passengers and pilot, but in vain.

Bjørn Tore Sæle, a priest in Kinsarvik, met the next-of-kin gathered in their home following the crash.

"I went to visit the family together with a doctor. I met a mother and father who had lost a son and three children-in-law," he told NTB.

Mayor Solfrid Borge of Ullensvang Municipality says the tragedy has put the local community in shock. A crisis team has been set up to help to help those affected.

“We are lost for words. It is just sad,” she tells NRK.

Personnel from the Accident Investigation Board (Statens Havarikommisjon for Transport/AIBN) and the Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartstilsynet) are at the scene, assisted by crime scene technicians, and criminal police (Kripos).

"The accident involving one of our helicopters in the mountains in Eidfjord is deeply tragic. Airlift is an organization in mourning. We are doing what we can to assist the relatives, employees, local authorities, police and the AIBN," Managing Director Johnny Skoglund says in a press statement.


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Published on Tuesday, 5th July, 2011 at 07:36 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 5th July 2011 at 23:19.

This post has the following tags: hardangerhelicoptercrash, airliftkinsarvik.





  
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