"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

-The Heroes come from the North! Another Airplane Hijack stopped lats night by North-Norwegian!

News on Norwegian TV2 about North-Norwegians Heroes

TV2 News about the Kato Air hijacking and Heroes from Northern Norway

Last night a passenger (Turkish Airways) plane from Oslo, Norway to Istanbul, Turkey was hijacked by an expelled asylumseeker. A man from Northern Norway – 54 year old Dag Gjerstad from Kvænangen in Troms attacked the hijacker and held him down until the plane landed in Istanbul and the Turkish Police could evacuate the plane and arrest the hijacker.

Muslim terrorist almost killed the Captain and 1st Officer of Kato Air Flight

In 2004 a plane from this city, Narvik enroute to Bodø was hijacked by a muslim terrorist who almost killed the pilots with an axe. The Captain and 1st Officer both sustained serious head injuries and was blinded by blood and partially paralyzed by the violent muslim terrorist. The plane went into a death-dive, and calculations show that the pilot regained control and avoided crashing by some 20 meters… Trond Frantzen and Odd Eriksen – both North-Norwegians attacked the hijacker and battled with him until they managed to free the restrained pilots from their attacker. They almost strangled the hijacker to death until he gave up fighting.

Odd Eriksen broke his back in the following crash landing at the airport in Bodø. The Police couldn’t understand how the pilots managed to land the plane. They both sustained serious head injuries and wounds to their bodies and were partly blinded by blood. The cockpit instruments were soaked in blood. All four heroes, the Captain, 1st Officer, Trond Frantzen and Odd Eriksen and all the passengers survived.

Simple Explanation

Professor in Crisis Psychiatry Lars Weisæth believes the reason why men and women from Northern-Norway are so capable of acting in serious crisis, is because the live in a part of Norway where it is necessary to be able to take Care of yourself. In Northern Norway there is a – at times – violent climate and nature, there is often a long way to the nearest police- and firebrigade-station and the nearest doctor or hospital. Thus forcing us to be able to cope in serious crisis-situations.

-Witness Passivity – a problem

Professor Weisæth says witness passivity is a problem in dramatic events. If the 2004-hijacking had taken place between Oslo and Stockholm chances are the passengers would have been seated, doing nothing, waiting for someone to take action, according to a SAS – Scandinavian Airlines Captain. So being from a city lessens the chance of being a hero.

Some of the best know hero-headlines from Norway the past few years

  • Rescued three children from the lit caravan
  • Rescued elderly from fire inferno
  • 12-year old girl saved three girls from drowning
  • 15-year old rescued fisherman from sinking boat
  • Tried saving drowned
  • Rescued elderly woman from burning house
  • Dived deep into capsized “Rocknes” to save seamen
  • Busdriver stabbed

Read more in this article from NRK (Norwegian)

Further reading: The Norway Post – Norwegian stops highjacker

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