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
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
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.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.