C-130J Hercules Crash In Sweden Leads To Deaths Of Five Crew

Investigation Underway To Determine Cause Of Fatal Air Accident

20.03.2012

Investigations are underway after five crew members were killed in a plane crash in Sweden involving a Lockheed Martin C-130J operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

Authorities from both countries are now examining the circumstances surrounding the incident on March 15th, when the tactical transport aircraft disappeared from radar during its journey from Evenes in Norway and Kiruna in Sweden.

Despite a search and rescue operation, the wreckage of the crash was only spotted by a Norwegian air force surveillance aircraft two days later.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist aviation law team act for the families of those killed in air accidents in the UK and abroad, as well as victims who have suffered serious, life-changing injuries in such incidents.

Jim Morris, former RAF pilot and Partner who specialises in the area, said: “Reports indicate that the aircraft crashed into a mountain ridge.  While military operations involving this kind of aircraft can involve tactical flying and associated risks, with the specialist training military aircrew receive this type of accident is very unusual and is obviously a cause of great concern.

“Officials from both Norway and Sweden will be keen to assess all factors which could have played a role in the incident. Among those to be considered will be the weather conditions, the actions of the crew onboard and also whether any mechanical failure may have occurred.  The later is particularly important as the Hercules aircraft is widely used by air forces around the world.

“Ultimately, the military and civilian authorities need to fully investigate what caused this tragic loss of life, with a view to ensuring that the loved ones of those killed can gain the answers they deserve. There may also be important lessons that can be learned to improve standards of flight safety.

“Our thoughts are with the families of those who were on board.”