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Memorial at the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta

Alta.Nordlyskatedralen.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

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On Sunday night, the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta opened their doors everyone who felt the need to talk to someone. In the church, people lit candles for the victims of the helicopter crash.

The local community in Alta is in deep sadness after five people in their 20s from the local community lost their lives in the helicopter accident in connection with the Høstsprell festival on Saturday afternoon.

Revered Anne Skoglund in Alta started the memorial service at the Northern Lights Cathedral, Saturday evening. People who wanted to remember the victims after the accident could light candles in several places inside the church. It was also arranged for those affected to talk together.

The mood of the church was clearly marked by grief. Several kept their arms around each other.

Held speech

Mayor Monica Nielsen was clearly sad when she said a few words during her memorial. Earlier Sunday, she stated to NTB that Alta this weekend is a community characterized by deep sadness and grief.

In addition to the five people from Alta, the Swedish pilot also lost his life in the accident.

During the memorial service, several volunteers were also present at the Høstsprell festival where the accident occurred.

Unknown cause
The cause of the accident is not yet known. Lensmann Øyvind Lorentzen in Alta had no answers when he met the press, Sunday afternoon.

The police and the Accident Investigation Board are scheduled to inform about today’s investigations, Sunday evening.

The accident happened in connection with the Høstsprell festival in Alta, where participants were offered helicopter rides for NOK 500 per person to see the area from the air.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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