Nordland plane crash: Better weather gives emergency services hope of reaching the accident site

Photo: Annika Byrde / NTB

The emergency services are preparing to enter the American military plane that crashed in Nordland on Friday. The weather has improved, and forensic scientists are on standby.

“Since the terrain is so rugged, it is difficult to give any time estimate. The weather has been bad all weekend, but it has been good today, and good weather has been reported for the entire day. So we hope that there will be an opportunity to do a good job there today,” task leader Kristian Vikran Karlsen in the Nordland Police District told NTB on Sunday morning.

The road up to the accident site is narrow and unsuitable for large crews, according to the police. The accident site is located some distance up the mountain in Gråtådalen. There, the police have set up a small base close to the accident site.

Avalanche danger

On Sunday morning, forensic technicians arrived at the base at Tornes school. Although the weather is far better, avalanche danger has made the work demanding. The risk will be reassessed on Sunday by experts from the Armed Forces, task leader Karlsen said.

Four soldiers died in the crash

Four American soldiers who participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response died when a US military plane crashed in Gråtådalen in Beiarn Municipality on Friday night. 

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but there was very bad weather in the area at the time.

It is not yet certain whether the dead soldiers will be transported out of the area on Sunday.

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