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Search for Hercules crew abandoned. Swedish police say they have called off their search for the five missing Norwegian military personnel after human remains were found following the crash. At this evening’s press conference, head of information Børje Øhman said, “The accident investigation commission says that such a large plane explodes on impact when it flies into the wall of a mountain, which it did in this case. The explosion triggered an avalanche, and we made our discoveries in the avalanche area.” “The decision [to call off the rescue operation at 17:30] is based on that we found a large amount of wreckage in the search area, as well as human body parts,” he declared.

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Published on Saturday, 17th March, 2012 at 21:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th March 2012 at 16:37.

Swedish police say they have called off their search for the five missing Norwegian military personnel after human remains were found following the crash.

Picture from the Kebnekaise search op
Picture from the Kebnekaise search op
Photo: N. Military/Sp.Forces/FSK/HJK/MJK


At this evening’s press conference, head of information Børje Øhman said, “The accident investigation commission says that such a large plane explodes on impact when it flies into the wall of a mountain, which it did in this case. The explosion triggered an avalanche, and we made our discoveries in the avalanche area.”

“The decision [to call off the rescue operation at 17:30] is based on that we found a large amount of wreckage in the search area, as well as human body parts,” he declared.

Mr Bøhman continued, “This was taken in consultation with the Norwegian authorities. The relatives have been informed.”

DNA tests will now be performed to help in the identification process.

Norwegian Chief of Defence Harald Sunde told NRK, “The plane flew into the western wall of the Kebnekaise Mountain at full force just below the summit. It has been completely fragmented.”

“There is a large amount of debris from the aircraft in the area, but much of the plane passed over the mountain and landed on the glacial part on the opposite side.”

“It is with great sadness that we note we have lost five fine colleagues of ours. My thoughts are of course primarily with family members and survivors, but also to close comrades and the 335-Squadron at Gardermoen,” he concluded.

Confirming to The Foreigner that Swedish police decided to call off their part of the search for the Hercules C-130J, a Norwegian military press spokesperson said they will resume looking for the rest of the plane and remains tomorrow.

A memorial ceremony led by operation ‘Cold Response’ leader Vice Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen is to be held at Evenes military airbase at 13:00, Sunday.

Amongst others in attendance will be HRH King Harald, Minister of Defence Espen Barth Eide, and Chief of Defence Harald Sunde.

Thanking and praising all those involved in the search, Minister Barth Eide stated in a press release, "It is with deep sorrow that I have received the message that the five officers have been confirmed killed in plane crash in Sweden."

"Although this is a difficult day for all of us, it is obviously hardest for those who have lost loved ones. We feel great sympathy for those affected by this. There are also many in the military who knew the officers very well. This affects all of us."




Published on Saturday, 17th March, 2012 at 21:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th March 2012 at 16:37.

This post has the following tags: operationcoldresponse, missingnorwegianmilitaryplane.





  
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