Hercules crashsite found on mountain peak

The Norwegian Hercules military transport aircraft crashed few metres from the top of Kebnekaise. Image by the Norwegian Defence.

Norwegian military transport plane crashed into the top of Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain.


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.

See photos and video from the area of the crash site provided by the Norwegian Defence.

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