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Helitrans Merlin Iiib Missing In Norway  
User currently offlineMerlinIIIB From Norway, joined Aug 2005, 122 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

Norway's only dedicated maritime aerial surveillance aircraft, a MerlinIIIB, owned by Helitrans of Vaernes, Norway, went missing off western coast of Norway today at 08:32 UTC. There were 3 pilots on-board on a training flight out of BGO (Flesland, Bergen).

The missing aircraft:

Newspaper article in English:

This aircraft has been on duty for the Norwegian pollution control authorities since 1982, and the 3 superb aviators now missing have been involved in all sorts of maritime emergencies for decades - oil spills, people missing at sea, forest fires etc. What a terrible loss.

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User currently offlineMerlinIIIB From Norway, joined Aug 2005, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

SAR operations have now been terminated. Recovery operations underway, Polar Prince with a ROV (submarine) will start searching for the wreckage tonight, 10 nm west of Sotra island.

Police has released names of the three missing pilots.

This is the 2nd loss of a maritime surveillance aircraft in Scandinavia, a couple of years ago a Casa 212 maritime surveillance aircraft was lost in southern Sweden.

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