West Atlantic Cargo Airlines (West Air Europe-Sweden) (West Atlantic Group) (Gothenburg, Sweden) Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) with the registration of SE-DUX (msn 7010) late on January 8 with two pilots was operating flight SWN 294 between Oslo and Tromso, Norway, crashed in the mountainous border region of Norway and Sweden. The crew members declared an emergency and disappeared from radar. The jetliner impacted a mountain northwest of Lake Akkajaure in Lapplandsfjällen near the Norwegian border. There were no survivors.
West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Operations are performed all over Europe.
The company issued this statement:
The aircraft departed Oslo on route to Tromsö and declared mayday at 23:31 (January 8) whereby the Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 03:10 (January 9) near the Norwegian border by the Lake Akkajaure in the Swedish Lapplandsfjällen by air rescue services with support from Hovedredningssentralen in Norway.
The search has been taken over by the Swedish police which are on their way to the accident site. The internal process is coordinated by the Company’s Emergency Response Team.
Flight no: SWN 294
Route: Oslo – Tromsö
Crew members on board: 2
Type of freight: General freight / Post
Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200 PF
Year of manufacture: 1993
Manufacturer’s serial number: 7010
Hours flown since manufactured: 38 601:49
Total flight cycles since manufactured: 31 036
West Atlantic Sweden AB has operated the aircraft since 2007 and flown approximately 10,000 hours.
Age: Captain 42, First Officer 34
Employed with the company: 2011 and 2008
Flight hours: Captain 2 050 hours on type, total hours 3 173
First officer: 900 hours on type, total hours 3 050
Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. SE-DUX arrives at Oslo before the tragic accident.
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