The aircraft with a crew of five was participating in the large NATO exercise Cold Response 2012 and was on its way from Evenes in northern Norway to Kiruna in northern Sweden when it went missing last Thursday.
Wreckage was found scattered over a larger area on Saturday on the west side of the peaks of Kebnekaise. The rescue operation was Sunday changed to search for deceased.
A Swedish-led Accident Investigation Commission leads the investigation trying to find out why the top-modern, two-year old Norwegian transport plane crashed. A memorial service took place at Evenes Military Air Base on Sunday where Norway’s King Harald attended together with military staff participating in the exercise Cold Response 2012.
Hercules C-130J military transport plane. Photo: The Norwegian Defence
The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.
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.
“This sends a clear message to Russia that things aren’t so good when it comes to basic journalistic values in Norway either” The firing of BarentsObserver’s Editor Thomas Nilsen has led to massive reactions from journalists and other protectors of press freedom.