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All five Hercules crew members identified

Lieutenant Colonel Truls Audun Ørpen (46), Captain Bjørn Yngvar Haug (40), Captain Siw Robertsen (45), Captain Ståle Garberg (42), and Captain Steinar Utne (35) were killed in the accident. Photo: Forsvaret

All the five Norwegian officers that were killed in a plane crash in Sweden in March are now identified and the police have ended their work on the crash site.

Location

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.

Relatives have been noticed by Norwegian authorities and the remains will be transported to Norway Norrländska Socialdemokraten writes.

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.