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Five Hercules crash victims to fly home from Sweden

Published torsdag 24 maj 2012 kl 17.03
The remains of the five Norwegians killed in a plane crash will be flown home from Sweden on Friday.

The remains of the five Norwegian soldiers who died when their Hercules plane crashed into Sweden's highest mountain peak two months ago will be flown home on Friday.

All five have been kept in Umeå since they were recovered from the crash site on Kebnekaise. A cortage of seven cars will transport them to Umeå airport where they will be flown back to waiting relatives in Norway by two Hercules aircraft. Representatives from the Norwegian military and a priest will be there for the journey home.

It has been painstaking work to identify the body parts of the five Norwegian personnel after their plane exploded on impact. Every part has been indentified with the help of DNA-analysis, dental records or fingerprints.

"It has been extremely hard work but now we have reached our goal," says Urban Johansson, who helped with the work, to news agency TT.

The Norwegian Hercules plane crashed on 15 March in connection with a military exercise. The black box flight recorder holding the key to the unsolved crash has still not beeen recovered.

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