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Scandinavians die in helicopter crash. Two men, a Norwegian and a Swede, were killed after their helicopter crashed near Mosjøen, northern Norway. The reindeer owner and his Swedish pilot were herding the animals assisted by people on scooters when the accident happened. Heavy snow was reported in the area at the time. “The weather was bad and visibility was minimal,” Geir Mortensen, press spokesperson for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Northern Norway, tells NRK.

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Scandinavians die in helicopter crash

Published on Wednesday, 11th January, 2012 at 22:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and John Price      .

Two men, a Norwegian and a Swede, were killed after their helicopter crashed near Mosjøen, northern Norway.

A Robinson R44 Raven II (illus. ph.)
The helicopter pictured is the same type that crashedA Robinson R44 Raven II (illus. ph.)
Photo: Kallemax/Wikimedia Commons


The reindeer owner and his Swedish pilot were herding the animals assisted by people on scooters when the accident happened. Heavy snow was reported in the area at the time.

“The weather was bad and visibility was minimal,” Geir Mortensen, press spokesperson for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Northern Norway, tells NRK.

A second reindeer owner alerted police to the crash at approximately 17:15, Wednesday.

The man reported he was in contact with Sweden-based company Jãmtlandsflyg’s Robinson R44 Raven II at the time. All communication was suddenly lost, however, before he heard a loud noise. 

A Sea King helicopter, Red Cross rescue workers, and police arrived at the area just over two hours later, but personnel had to go on foot and use scooters due to winter road closures.

According to Jens Berget, Helgeland District Police Acting Chief of Staff, “The deceased will be recovered as soon as conditions allow. The helicopter is located in relatively inaccessible terrain.”

Police expect to inform most of the relatives during the course of the evening, with a crisis team on its way to assist.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but the Accident Investigation Board and officers will begin investigations tomorrow.




Published on Wednesday, 11th January, 2012 at 22:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and John Price      .

This post has the following tags: mosjoeenhelicoptercrash, reindeerherderskilled.


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