Thu, Feb 26, 2009
South Pole Explorer Disappeared In 1928
Norway's navy announced this week it
will help search for the missing plane of a famous 20th century
explorer and national hero, more than 80 years after his
Roald Amundsen led the first successful expedition to the South
Pole from 1910 to 1912. He is also credited with being the first
person to reach both the North and South Poles. But he went missing
in June of 1928, at the age of 55, flying a rescue mission to the
Now, CNN reports a new search, later this year, will focus on a
40 square-mile area of the Arctic Ocean.
Norway's Navy will be accompanied by a German TV crew. Senior
Commander Frode Loeseth says this effort will have advantages over
previous attempts -- Hugin, an unmanned submarine which can stay on
task for 18 hours at a time, is named for a mythological raven
which observed the earth, and informed the Norse god, Odin, of what
happened that day.
Loeseth acknowledged that finding human remains is unlikely, but
says the focus will be on locating the wreck. Quote - "If there is
something down there, we will find it."
The commander adds no taxpayer funds will be spent on the
search, which has the support of the Amundsen family.
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