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

Archive for 17. March 2012

Five Stars Fell

Remembering Hercules C-130J "Siv" and the crew of five

Remembering Hercules C-130J "Siv" and the crew of five


Update March 17 – 1645 zulu time – thousands of pieces of downed Hercules scattered over large area

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…

Pieces from the transport aircraft partly covered covered in snow near down to the right in this photo (photo: Norwegian Special Forces, FSK, HJK, MJK)

Pieces from the transport aircraft partly covered covered in snow near down to the right in this photo (photo: Norwegian Special Forces, FSK, HJK, MJK)


There they are again – Beautiful contrasts

Narvik in between the showers this evening…

Beautiful contrasts of snow showers in the Ofoten Fjord - Narvik to the right

Beautiful contrasts of snow showers in the Ofoten Fjord - Narvik to the right

Evening sun shines on the city Narvik - in between the snow showers

Evening sun shines on the city Narvik - in between the snow showers


Hurtigruten “Richard With” steaming in to the harbor bassin

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.

"Richard With" - one of the ships serving "The most beautiful sea voage in the World" - steaming into port. In the background the bulk/iron ore carrier "Vogerunner" (176,838 DWT)

"Richard With" - one of the ships serving "The most beautiful sea voyage in the World" - steaming into port. In the background the bulk/iron ore carrier "Vogerunner" (176,838 DWT)

Steaming to port: Hurtigruten ship "Richard With". In the background - tall building - the brand new Rica Hotel, a competitor to the hotel and restaurant service provided by "Richard With". Op to the right, the polytechnical college in Narvik.

Steaming to port: Hurtigruten ship "Richard With". In the background - tall building - the brand new Rica Hotel, a competitor to the hotel and restaurant service provided by "Richard With". Op to the right, the polytechnical college in Narvik.


Update March 17. 1200 zulu time – wreckage found…

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.

Crash site in the high alpine area - (photo: Google Earth)

Crash site in the high alpine area - (photo: Google Earth)

Images from the P-3C Orion , which is searching after the missing Hercules in Kebnekaise, Sweden (Photo: Royal Norwegian Air Force)

Images from the P-3C Orion , which is searching after the missing Hercules in Kebnekaise, Sweden (Photo: Royal Norwegian Air Force)

EOIR from SAR searching for the missing c-130_05

EOIR from SAR searching for the missing c-130_05 (photo: Royal Norwegian Air Force)

The Swedish hunter battalion search for the norwegian Hercules in Kebnekaise, Sweden (photo: Norwegian Armed Forces)

The Swedish hunter battalion search for the norwegian Hercules in Kebnekaise, Sweden (photo: Norwegian Armed Forces)


Update 2200 zulu time – Siv’s last flight

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!

Vodpod videos no longer available.