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Norwegian media reporting RNoAF Hercules missing

Old 15th Mar 2012, 16:49
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Norwegian media reporting RNoAF Hercules missing

Norwegian media is reporting that a Hercules departing Evenes (EVE) destined for Kiruna (KRN) has gone missing. Crew of five, scheduled to have arrived at 14.30 cet. Radar contact lost at 50nm west of KRN.
Norwegian newspaper VG:
Norsk Hercules-fly sporløst forsvunnet - VG Nett
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Old 15th Mar 2012, 17:23
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RNoAF C-130J down in Sweden

Sorry its not in english:

Norsk Hercules-fly sporløst forsvunnet - VG Nett



Not looking good at all.......
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Old 15th Mar 2012, 17:37
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Report in English. Situation remains lost contact at around 1500 local time.

Norwegian Hercules plane missing in Sweden - The Local
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Old 15th Mar 2012, 17:57
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Bugger...


The Associated Press: Norway military plane goes missing during exercise
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Old 15th Mar 2012, 18:16
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Rescue operation in progress close to Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain. Bad weather with rain an fog. Emergency signals rumored.
Kebnekaise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Bugger indeed
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Press conference at ENDU right now, airplane located and crash confirmed.
All 5 on board are confirmed dead.
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That information was FALSE.

The search is still on, neither crew or A/C has been found
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seilfly That information was FALSE.

The search is still on, neither crew or A/C has been found


Yeah, VG just got it on the front page.
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Old 15th Mar 2012, 20:48
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Any theories of what might have happend?
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This is the terrain ... in summer...

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Old 15th Mar 2012, 21:06
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Search is still ongoing

Search is going on in mountainous terrain, unidentified heat signatures were seen from F16's, but unconfirmed whether they are related. Helicopters are underway to check out a possible beacon, weather conditions are not good. The C130 is one of four new aircraft that were delivered just a couple of years ago.
No speculation as to possible causes yet.
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Old 15th Mar 2012, 21:23
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Here's hoping!

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Old 15th Mar 2012, 22:34
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"Faint heat traces"

Swedish media reporting that a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 had picked up faint heat traces at three different points in the presumed area. A Danish SAR helicopter also reports having picked up a "faint ELT signal" from the same area. Last positive contact was at 13:43 UTC, so in daylight and in an area notorious for 'mountain waves'. Norway's Armed Forces Minister earlier in the day dropped a bollock by confirming "all on board dead", only having to retract this statement later.
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It looks grim for the crew

Vg.no has released a map used by the search parties with last known position marked in the middle.


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This is the terrain ... in summer...
Done some walking along the stretch of the Kungsleden near Kebnakaise (Sweden's highest mountain). There are quite a lot of open spaces and lakes in the surrounding valleys. Here's hoping indeed.
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What the guys above said....Bugger!

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Orion surveillance plane confirmed "heat signatures" in the area at 05:07 hrs CET. Weather somewhat improved at daylight, still restricted visibility according to Norwegian TV2 news.
Not the best forecast for this Friday:
Hourly forecast for Kebnekaise Sydtopp, Norrbotten (Sweden)
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Air search was called off for the night, due to poor visibility, but the ground search teams kept going. Helicopters were due back up at 0700 local this morning.
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Bad weather slows hunt for lost Hercules plane



So far, no emergency signals from the missing plane have been detected.

"For some reason, it hasn't been set off. Either the crash was so violent or so terrible that it was knocked out of operations by the impact, but there is also an emergency signal transmitter in the life vests but those must be switched on by hand and for that, you have to be conscious," said Hammarlöf.

The aircraft went missing when it was on its way from Evenes in northern Norway to Kiruna in the far north of Sweden.

At the time, the Hercules was was participating in the Cold Response military training exercise taking place over northern Norway which was scheduled to run from March 12th to March 21st and included 16,000 soldiers from 15 countries.

"There was a crew of four on board as well as an extra officer. Their mission was to fly from Evenes to Kiruna to pick up materiel and personnel and fly back to Norway," Harald Sunde, head of the Norwegian Armed Forces told Norwegian news agency NTB
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