Hong Kong media tycoon survived helicopter crash

More details of last week’s dramatic helicopter crash off Bergen emerged on Friday, with the state accident report revealing that among the three men on board was Hong Kong media tycoon Charles Chan Kwok-keung. The South China Morning Post reported Friday that Chan was rescued and, along with the British pilot, suffered only minor injuries. The third […]

Russian died after Svalbard snowmobile accident

A Russian man in his 30s who was rushed to hospital in Tromsø after a snowmobile accident on Svalbard in late April was reported to have died during the night from the injuries he sustained. He was one of four guides leading around 20 Russian tourists when the ice over the fjord under them broke […]

Investigation begins into helicopter crash

Norway’s state board that investigates accidents (Havarikommisjonen) has launched a probe into the crash Wednesday night of a helicopter that had attempted to land on a large yacht in the fjord outside Bergen. One man was seriously injured in the crash, while two others were hospitalized as well. Emergency crews were at the scene almost immediately because […]

Fire forces closure of the Oslofjordtunnel

Yet another tunnel fire broke out over the weekend, this one in the long and deep tunnel running under the Oslo Fjord between Drøbak and Hurum. The heat was so intense that it badly damaged the tunnel, resulting in a need for major repairs. The fire began once again in a heavy truck that was […]

New tunnel fire fuels safety concerns

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen was himself only a few kilometers away from the Fjærlands Tunnel in Western Norway Monday night when a maintenance truck that was cleaning its interior burst into flames. Solvik-Olsen admitted that the resulting fire inside the tunnel “reminds us how vulnerable we are,” but he insisted the government was taking tunnel […]

SAS flight made an emergency landing

UPDATED: A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight from Munich to Oslo had to make an emergency landing back at the Munich International Airport on Friday, after one of SAS’ Boeing 737’s engines stopped functioning. “It was terribly frightening,” one of the passengers on board, Camilla Sylling Clausen, told state broadcaster NRK. The flight took off at 1:14pm, […]

Two Italian tourists caught in Lyngen avalanche

UPDATED: Another avalanche, this time in the Lyngen Alps of Northern Norway, crashed down on a group of ski tourists from Italy on Thursday afternoon. One was rescued quickly, but the other was caught under the snow for nearly two hours before being found and dug out. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the Italian skier […]

Missing tourist found after avalanche

As strong winds continued to pound much of Southern Norway on Wednesday, the rough weather also dramatically raised the risk of avalanches in the mountains. A German skier was missing Wednesday afternoon after slides around Hardangervidda, but later found alive, while a group of high school students had a frightening experience during the night. “Avoid any areas bounded by […]

No one caught in latest Svalbard slide

Authorities on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard could confirm Sunday evening that no one was missing or injured by yet another avalanche that slid down a mountainside in an area featuring holiday cottages known as hytter on Sunday afternoon. The area, known as Hjorthamn, is located just across the fjord from Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard’s […]

Hazards abound as roads turned to ice

Police in nearly all the counties of southern and central Norway were posting warnings Thursday morning that roads and highways were so slippery that even the trucks sent out to salt and gravel them were sliding out of control. Motorists were strongly urged to leave their vehicles parked. The situation was especially serious in the counties […]