Unfortunately it looks like there is no hope of finding the crew of five from the transport plane “Siv” that went missing the other day.
Thousands of pieces of the aircraft has been found on the mountain Kebnekaise at an altitude of around 2,000 meters. The transport plane was en route from Evenes, Norway to Kiruna, Sweden to pick up, and transport military personnel back to Norway. This tragedy could have been much bigger, but that is probably not any consolation for the ones left behind from the crew of five…
Narvik in between the showers this evening…
Caught this “little boat” the Hurtigrute ship “Richard With” just now. ”Richard With” is small (121.8 meters) compared to the iron ore carrier “Vogerunner” (176,838 DWT) by pier 5 in the background.
Hurtigruten is a really old coastal route running continously up and down the coastline og Norway with 13 ships. Ironically the head quarters of this coastal shipping line is located in Narvik, but the ships doesn’t frequent this harbor. It would take too long sailing in and out the Vestfjord. Well, that’s at least the explanation I’ve heard.
So why is on of Hurtigruten in Narvik today. Well, the city celebrates the building of the iron ore railway (1898-1902) from the Swedish mountain and mining city of Kiruna and Narvik becoming a city in 1903. This Vinterfestuka (Winter Festival Week) is an annual celebration and each year one of the Hurtigruten ships is in port, serving as hotel and restaurants for the festival, and it takes small fjord cruises, as was the case when I caught it sailing into port today.
The missing Hercules C-130J transport plane – with a crew of 5 – I have been writing about the last couple of days, is confirmed found near the top of the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise. Norwegian patrols are at the top now giving assistance to Swedish Rescue Climbers rappelling into the glacier area where the wreckage is spread.
The chances of finding the crew safe and sound is unfortunately bleak.
The weather in the area is somewhat better today, but not good. The risk og avalanches is very high indeed.
I made this video that shows the approximate flight path of the missing airplane “Siv” with 5 crewmembers aboard that went missing yesterday March 15. 2012.Observe the extremly jagged mountain formation. At the end of the film, I pause and give a panorama from the search area.The weather is extremely difficult in the area. High winds and snow with just a few meters visibility makes the search next to impossible. The avalanche alert is also very high.It was just reported now that an aircraft seat with fuel on has been found by mountain rescue climbers.But the search is executed with determination to find the plane and the crew. This evening the commanding general commented that what happened in the Andes when 16 passengers survived a crash and some of them managed to walk out of the mountain range after 72 days to get help is well remembered.I hope and pray that this crash also would present survivors, but the huge area the pieces from the plane was scattered over, could suggest otherwise.The film about the Andes survivors is called “Alive!” and is well worth seeing!