Mon, Sep 26, 2005
Swedish Teams Search Into The Night After Light Plane
A desperate, but determined scramble in the mountains of Sweden
paid off in the best possible way Sunday night: all three plane
crash victims were found alive.
It began with the crash of a light plane just after 1700 local
time on a mountain slope about 28 miles northwest of Alvdalen. The
aircraft (type unknown) had impacted the rock face of the mountain
in poor visibility -- conditions that made the search even more
difficult. Add to the equation failing light and you have the
recipe for a disaster. But that wasn't to be.
A helicopter rescue team was
dispatched from Sundsvall. But the visibility was so poor that,
while they could hear the helicopter nearby, the victims --
communicating with rescue coordinators by cell phone -- were unable
to see it.
A team of 17 volunteer rescuers was assembled, including
firefighters, police officers and local hunters. They hiked up the
mountain, eventually finding the three crash victims in and near
the wreckage. One, the pilot, was reportedly pinned in his seat,
having suffered the worst injuries of any of them. All three were
rushed to a local hospital, where they're now being treated.
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