Post plane en route to Tromsø crashes in Sweden

Captain and First Officer missing: Crash site located near the Norwegian border by the lake Akkajaure.
January 08, 2016


The aircraft, flying mail to northern Norway, departed Oslo en route to Tromsø Thursday evening. At 23:31, mayday was declared and the plane disapared from radars shortly afterwards.

“Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 03:10 near the Norwegian border by the lake Akkajaure in the Swedish Lapplandsfjällen by air rescue services with support from Hovedredningssentralen in Norway,” West Atlantic, the operator of the aircraft writes in a press-release.

It was a Norwegian F-16 jet fighter that first discovered the crash site, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of Northern Norway reports. The F-16 was based at Bodø main base. The crash site is some 120 kilometers northeast of Bodø, on the Swedish side of the border.

In addition to the Norwegian fighter jets, helicopters from Evenes, Bardufoss and Banak in Norway as well as helicopters from Gälliväre and Umeå in Sweden were scrambled for the search- and rescue operation. 

The crew missing crew are the Pilot (42) and the First Officer (34), West Atlantic reports.

The aircraft was a Bombardier CRJ200, built in 1993 and a history of 38,601 flight hours. 


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