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Agency demands Norway clean-up crash site

Agency demands Norway clean-up crash site

Published: 11 Jun 2012 12:05 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Jun 2012 12:05 GMT+02:00

Sweden’s National Property Board (Statens Fastighetsverk, SFV) that owns the land on Kebnekaise where the Norwegian Hercules plane went down in March is demanding that the Swedish government asks Norway clear up the mess caused by the crash.

“The responsibility for the clearing up of the crash site ought to fall on the owners of the aircraft, in this case the Norwegian state,” the agency wrote in a letter to the ministry of Social Affairs according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The aircraft went missing when it was on its way from Evenes in northern Norway to Kiruna in the far north of Sweden on March 15th.

At the time, the Hercules was participating in the Cold Response military training exercise taking place over northern Norway which was scheduled to run from March 12th to March 21st and included 16,000 soldiers from 15 countries.

Two days later, wreckage as well as body parts from the five deceased crew members, were found on the east and west sides of the Kebnekaise Massive at an altitude of more than 1,500 metres.

The salvage work has taken some time but the area is still in need of a clear-up from debris and other equipment.

Also, despite the fact that quite a large amount of aircraft fuel leaked out over the mountain area, the County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) didn’t think that any acute environmental measures had to be taken to clean up the spill at the time.

And after speaking to the Norwegian Armed Forces the agency has concluded that the demand for a Norwegian sanitization project should be addressed to the Norwegian embassy in Stockholm, and needs to come from the Swedish government rather than one of its agencies.

SFV therefore requests that the government propose to the Norwegian state that they take the necessary steps to sanitize the area of the crash site on Kebnekaise to the purpose of clearing the area of wreckage, equipment and potential environmental hazards,” the agency wrote.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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14:47 June 11, 2012 by RobinHood
There are times when the dead are best honored by a dignified and respectful silence. This is one of times times.

Norwegians will not be amused by this nonsense. What were the names of the people at SVF who suggested this; they should be moved to less demanding duties.
14:59 June 11, 2012 by skogsbo
Have been involved in much PCM work, the dead are dead. But depending what wreckage is left and what it contains, then more damage could yet be done to the environment. I would suggest it should be a joint effort, the resources needed for clean up will be nearer in Sweden, so it makes sense to team up. You need to consider there will be fuels & oils held within the frozen snow, heavy metals etc. not the nicest stuff to leave lying around, but this needs to be balance against the likely damage to plant life, water supplies and the risk to those removing it.
15:11 June 11, 2012 by StockholmSam
I certainly don't know all the nuances of what is being bantered back and forth between Sweden and Norway over this, but it seems this opportunity for cooperation and improved relations is being sacrificed in favor of backbiting and animosity. If the Swedish officials truly are being petty and demanding without offering assistance, then they definitely need to be rebuked and replaced by people who can use such disasters as building blocks for connection across borders.
15:24 June 11, 2012 by muscle
The red rectangle is placed in the picture as if one could actually see the whole wreckage :)
15:51 June 11, 2012 by skogsbo
that's the thing, most of the wreckage and personnel involved will need to be airlifted in and out daily. Which means you need a landing site close to the mtn, with car parking, access for trucks, accommodation, re-fueling etc.. all of which will be on Swedish soil. If just screams co-operation, I thought they would love it, as it's a chance to form another committee and have lots of meetings!!
01:05 June 14, 2012 by DamnImmigrant
I worked on the glacier that is located under the crash sight. I even met my wife while working up there. IT MUST BE CLEANED UP! I cannot believe that the County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) chose to ignore cleaning up the fluid spill!?!?

This is an area where you just drink directly from the stream. No filtering needed! The water coming out of the glacier was incredible to drink!

It may already be too late! If those fluids have leaked down through to the bottom of the glacier, I cannot see how they will get it back out.

@RobinHood makes no sense at all because this mess needs to be cleaned up YESTERDAY and it costs money to do it! Yes people are dead but that does not negate the fact that one of the most pristine places on the planet and one of the most studied glaciers in the world are in danger from the fallout of this crash.

After all this time, I am shocked that the cleanup has not been completed!

What @skogsbo fails to understand and therefore under-estimates is that there are NO ROADS that even come close to the site! There is a research station there that was built by Swedish Military helicopters flying in everything needed to build the station. There are already helicopter landing pads at the research station but the ENTIRE cleanup has to be carried out by helicopter - and the last time I checked helicopters are EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE to operate!

Yes the aircraft owners and the insurance companies absolutely need to get involved!

I can't believe it does not get cleaned up and the bill is sent to the owners. Then again it would be nice if the Norwegian military sent some heavy lift helicopters to help with the cleanup.
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