Helicopter crash kills both on board

A man and woman in their 40s from Rogaland were killed when the helicopter they were flying crashed Sunday in steep mountain terrain near Røldal. An investigation into the cause of the private helicopter crash was already underway on Monday. The helicopter is believed to have taken off around 3pm Sunday afternoon, bound for Karmøy […]

Yacht owner flew doomed helicopter

Norway’s accident investigations board has delivered its final report on a near-fatal helicopter crash that occurred in Bergen in May 2017. It has concluded that wealthy Hong Kong businessman Charles Chan was flying the helicopter himself, and had little experience when he attempted to land it on his luxury yacht anchored offshore. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Navy accused of another near-crash

One of Norway’s major ferry firms, Fjord1, claims that one of its vessels was nearly rammed by one of the Norwegian Navy’s corvettes at high speed last November. Fjord1 has objected to how Navy officials allegedly downplayed the incident afterwards. Fjord1 has sent a report to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet), claiming that the “near-miss” […]

Another deadly avalanche in Norway

A 16-year-old boy out snow-mobiling in a valley in southwestern Norway on Sunday afternoon got caught in an avalanche at Åseral in Vest-Agder. He died after being buried under the mounds of snow and ice for three hours. Emergency search and rescue crews numbering around 35 people and including two specially trained dogs struggled to […]

Two more avalanche victims found

Police in Northern Norway confirmed they had found the bodies of two more of the four skiers who were killed by an avalanche in Tamokdalen in Troms on January 2. They were struggling, however, to locate the last victim and were trying again on Friday. Search crews were using specially trained dogs to help find […]

Defense minister blasts sexual harassment

Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen lashed out at sexual harassment in the armed forces, during his annual address to the military organization Oslo Militære Samfund earlier this week. He was clearly unhappy that efforts to hinder it have not succeeded. “The defense chief (Admiral Haakon Bruun Hanssen) has said that sexual harassment makes him furious,” […]

Missing skiers presumed dead

The season for so-called “top tours” on skis in Norway is off to “a tragic start” this year, enthusiasts conceded, after four tourists were officially determined to have been killed by an avalanche last week. Their deaths bring the total up to 20 just since 2014. Hans Markus Heiskel, age 25, is among those working […]

Hunters shoot fox after baby clawed

Norwegians’ habit of letting their babies nap outdoors in their carriages was being questioned once again this week, after a fox was found inside a carriage and had clawed a baby’s face. Hunters reported Friday that they think they found and shot the fox, while debate flew over babies being left out in the cold. […]

Avalanche warnings north and west

More warnings of high avalanche danger were posted late this week from Møre in the southwest to Troms in the north. Emergency crews in Troms, meanwhile, were making another attempt Friday to search for four skiers who disappeared in an area that’s had several avalanches in recent days. Bad weather thwarted efforts to send helicopters […]

Storm disrupts frigate salvage

The Norwegian Navy faced even more problems this week in the wake of its frigate Helge Ingstad’s collision with a tanker in November. Stormy weather over the New Year’s holiday weakened one of the cables meant to secure the mostly-sunken frigate, and now it’s sunk deeper. Navy officials had hoped to stabilize the badly damaged […]