Swedish police specialists report that they have completed their work on the crash site on Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise, where a Norwegian Hercules transport plane crashed on March 15. The identification process has been extremely difficult and required use of DNA technique.
The Hercules C-130J military transport plane with five Norwegian officers on board was on its way from Evenes in northern Norway to Kiruna in the far north of Sweden when it went missing on March 15. The plane was participating in the Cold Response military training exercise. The aircraft was found two days later, on top of Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise.
As a result of the strong crash and the following explosion, the wreckage was scattered over a large area and buried in an avalanche. The search operations are very difficult and dangerous, as the terrain is very hard and the weather conditions in the area are often bad. The plane’s “black boxes” have not yet been found.
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.