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Wreckage located in Sweden. UPDATE: In fading hopes of finding any of the missing Hercules C-130J crew alive, rescue workers say they have located approximately 1,000 pieces from the wreckage located at the crash site. “Some of these are bigger pieces, but the main fuselage is still missing,” Norwegian military press spokesperson Stian Roen tells The Foreigner, “but there are no other indications of what these are yet.” Wreckage is strewn over a wide area on top of Robots Glacier on the western side of Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain.

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Wreckage located in Sweden

Published on Friday, 16th March, 2012 at 21:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th March 2012 at 16:38.

UPDATE: In fading hopes of finding any of the missing Hercules C-130J crew alive, rescue workers say they have located approximately 1,000 pieces from the wreckage located at the crash site.

From Kebnekaise
From Kebnekaise
Photo: N. Military/Sp.Forces/FSK/HJK/MJK


“Some of these are bigger pieces, but the main fuselage is still missing,” Norwegian military press spokesperson Stian Roen tells The Foreigner, “but there are no other indications of what these are yet.”

Wreckage is strewn over a wide area on top of Robots Glacier on the western side of Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain.

“The discovery now means the search action has become a rescue mission. Unfortunately, the crew have not been found. Efforts to clarify what happened to them are continuing unabated,” officials say in a press statement.

Other items including an unspecified padded object and some Velcro smelling of paraffin, used in jet fuel, were located at approximately 20:00 yesterday in Sweden’s Kebnekaise mountain range. The area has officially been declared as a crash site.

Norwegian Defence Chief Harald Sunde said to broadcaster NRK, “This is based on discoveries made in the glaciers east of the summit.”

“Pieces of metal have been identified. According to information from the Swedes, these smell of paraffin. This is a strong indication that these parts could originate from the plane.”

Kebnekaise accident area map
Kebnekaise accident area map
Norwegian Military
Moreover, search and rescue personnel in the Norwegian Orion P-3 plane reported sighting an unspecified orange-coloured object approximately 2,000 metres (about 6,500 feet) below the Kebnekaise summit.

Amongst other possibilities, these could have been from the plane’s interior, according to a Swedish Maritime Administration official. Harald Sunde would not speculate as to whether the plane had actually crashed, however.

Weather in the area was reportedly better this morning, but both the terrain and no signal from the Hercules’ ELT (emergency locator transmitter) have hampered searchers. Crew are also issued with personal survival equipment for use in the event of an unforced landing, amongst other things.

The ‘Siv’ C130-J was the newest and last plane of four to be delivered from Lockheed Martin’s factory and was flown by experienced military pilots. 

Whilst the aircraft is able to support civilian authorities in cases of crisis management, emergency operations, and environmental accidents, its main use is to military defence personnel and material.

It also provides tactical transport and logistical support to directly insert Special Forces in any operational areas, including anti-terror preparedness.

Hercules C-130J
Hercules C-130J
Norwegian Military
The Hercules C-130-J is 34.4 metres long (approximately 113 feet) and 11.8 metres (about 39 feet) high, with a wingspan of 40.4 metres (around 132.5 feet) and weighing 39 tons.

Load capacity, cruising speed and cruising height are 47,800 pounds, 355 knots, and 27,000 foot, respectively. Its range without cargo is 3,700 nautical miles (approximately 4,257 miles), and loaded, 2,500 nautical miles (about 2,876 miles).

Lieutenant Colonel Truls Audun Ørpen (46), Captain Bjørn Yngvar Haug (40), Captain Siw Robertsen (45), 42-year-old Captain Ståle Garberg, and 35-year-old Captain Steinar Utne went missing after air traffic control lost contact following its departure from Evenes military base, northern Norway.




Published on Friday, 16th March, 2012 at 21:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th March 2012 at 16:38.

This post has the following tags: operationcoldresponse, missingnorwegianmilitaryplane.





  
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