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Norwegian and Swede die in helicopter crash

The two men killed a helicopter accident near the northern town of Mosjøen on Wednesday were a Swedish pilot in his forties and a Norwegian guide in his sixties, police have said.

The pair were herding reindeer when the craft was reported missing at 5.15pm.

Both men worked for the Swedish helicopter operator Jämtlands Flyg. Managing director Sara Grinde said the company was devastated when notified of the deaths by Norwegian emergency services.

“It’s hard to describe it in words. It was with great sorrow, incredibly great sorrow, that we received the message,” she told newspaper VG.

Police have launched an investigation into the accident.

“We don’t want to speculate as to what may have caused the accident, but there were snow squalls in the area all day,” said local police chief Jens Berget.

The police will be aided in their inquiries by the Accident Investigation Board Norway, which was to begin examining the crash site at 10am on Thursday.

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ACCIDENT

Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge

A man in his late seventies was killed after falling around ten metres on the Besseggen mountain ridge in Oppland county on Thursday, police have confirmed.

Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge
Afile photo of Besseggen. Photo: Lise Åserud/NTB Scanpix

The man is thought to have died instantly from injuries sustained in the fall, NRK reports.

“He fell down the slope injured his head on a rock,” Jo Øien of the Innlandet police district told the broadcaster.

Police were alerted to the accident at 11:30am on Thursday. The man was reportedly walking with family when he fell around ten metres from the Besseggen ridge.

“Nodody saw exactly what happened so we don’t know whether, for example, he tripped. The wind was not much of a factor,” Øien added.

A helicopter was despatched to rescue the man but his life could not be saved.

One of Norway’s most popular mountain routes, Besseggen receives up to 60,000 visitors annually.

Located in the Jotunheimen region, the ridge is 1,743 metres above sea level and splits the Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes. At the narrow, middle part of the bridge, the drop down to the Gjende lake is almost 400 metres.

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