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Hercules wreckage search to be reviewed. Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) officials say the search for parts of the smashed C-130J Hercules will continue at a maximum until today then face review. Melting caused by the spring weather means accessing the area is difficult, with ongoing work on the glacier underneath the mountaintop to be temporarily stopped. Brigadier Paul Rygg, head of the Norwegian accident investigation contingent, told VG, “We’ll be making a further assessment of the schedule towards the end of the week.”

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Hercules wreckage search to be reviewed

Published on Friday, 13th April, 2012 at 07:34 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 13th April 2012 at 08:45.

Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) officials say the search for parts of the smashed C-130J Hercules will continue at a maximum until today then face review.

Hercules C-130J
Hercules C-130J
Photo: Norwegian Military


Melting caused by the spring weather means accessing the area is difficult, with ongoing work on the glacier underneath the mountaintop to be temporarily stopped.

Brigadier Paul Rygg, head of the Norwegian accident investigation contingent, told VG, “We’ll be making a further assessment of the schedule towards the end of the week.”

It was reported on Wednesday that the Swedish police have now identified all five of the Norwegian crew killed in the Hercules crash in March.

The officers were Captain Ståle Garberg (42), Lieutenant Colonel Truls Audun Ørpen (46), Captain Bjørn Yngvar Haug (40), Captain Siw Robertsen (45) and Captain Steinar Utne (35).

“We are glad that it has been possible to find all of them. The family have now received the final notice that their loved ones are dead”, Lieutenant Colonel John Espen Lien, chief military communications and public affairs officer told NRK.

The Hercules aircraft crashed in the Kebnekaise mountain area on 15th March on its way to Kiruna from Evenes during an exercise for Cold Response. All hope of finding any survivors gradually disappeared, and Swedish police called off their operation after human remains were located.

There were theories that the ill-fated plane was engaged in tactical manoeuvres, but the military subsequently refuted these.

Those searching the crash site have found about 20 percent of the plane, which is now waiting to be moved out of the area to Kiruna. 74 people and four dogs are combing the wreckage site.

The black boxes have not yet been found but the AIBN believe they can get a good overview of what happened without them. Officials say there is no indication the crash was caused by technical failure.

“We have enough information to say something about the accident even though there is still a lot of analysis to do,”, Per Egil Rygg, head of the Norwegian Part of the Accident Investigation Board, said to VG.

Some pictures from the search and rescue operation can be found here.



Published on Friday, 13th April, 2012 at 07:34 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 13th April 2012 at 08:45.

This post has the following tags: norwegianherculesc-130j, operationcoldresponsetragedy.





  
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