The small plane that went down near Larvik is completely wrecked, and there is no hope of finding survivors, the police say.
Frode Granlund, founder and one of the top managers in the Pilot Flight Academy at Torp Sandefjord, confirms to Aftenposten that one of their school planes has gone down.
The Diamond DA-42 NG Twin Star aircraft is German-made. It was registered in the Norwegian Aviation Register in October 2020.
– There were three people on board. We have now set crisis staff, says Granlund.
Steep and rugged terrain
– We still conduct tactical searches in the area. The plane was completely wrecked, and some fire was observed inside, says on-site operations manager Jon Terje Stäheli to the press.
He describes the area where the rescue crews operate as steep and rugged.
Larvik police station chief, Tor Eriksen, tells the press at 12 o’clock that there is no longer any hope of finding survivors.
The Accident Investigation Board Norway has been notified.
Several school planes in the area when the accident happened
According to its own website, the pilot school, which operates from Torp and Notodden, is one of Europe’s largest and most modern flight schools and has a large international environment with almost 400 students.
According to Flightradar, there were three school planes in the air in the area at the time of the accident.
The police announced on Twitter that at 09.21 on Tuesday they were notified that a smaller plane had crashed at Tvedalen outside Larvik.
– The area is located, and rescue crews and resources from the emergency services have arrived at the scene, writes Sørøst police district in a press release.
Telemark newspaper reports that the plane has crashed at Vestmunnvannet.
According to Østlands-Posten circles two helicopters at the upper end of Hallevannet, near the old E18. It should be a good distance from Tvedalen, as the police report.
Vegtrafikksentralen states that county road 2962 between Tvedalen and Kjose i is closed due to the accident.