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.
The Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.