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Leaked report explains Hercules plane crash

Published tisdag 27 augusti 2013 kl 12.26
Remains of the plane being collected from the mountain. Photo: Försvarsmakten.

Poor guidance from the control tower in Kiruna and poor judgement by the crew were the main causes of the Hercules plane crash into Sweden's highest mountain Kebnekaise last year, according to a leaked copy of the preliminary report into the accident, which newspaper Norrbottens Kuriren has obtained.

The Norwegian Air Force plane flew straight into the mountain, killing all five crew members.

The report found the crew did not know how high Kebnekaise was, and the equipment on the plane was in a setting that meant no automatic warnings were given, and the crew and air traffic controllers did not know each others' intentions, the news agency TT reports.

The final version of the report is due out at the end of September.

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