1956-11-07

Crash site Hummelfjell mountain, Norway
Airline Braathens SAFE
Aircraft De Havilland DH-114 Heron  –  LN-SUR  –  Lars
Route Trondheim/Værnes  –  Oslo/Fornebu
Crew 2  –  1 survivor
Passengers 10  –  9 survivors

 

The crash

The plane took off from Trondheim at 08:30 and passed the Tolga radio beacon at 09:12. In the area around Røros the plane experienced extensive icing which the ice protection system could not handle, and as the plane lost hight the pilot decided to return to Trondheim. The pilot was unable to navigate properly and at 09:50 the plane hit the mountain Hummelfjell at an altitude of 1.350 meters.
The accident occurred in an isolated area with bad weather (snowfall and fog) which made the search and rescue work very difficult. The first rescue workers only reached the wrecked plane the following day at 12:30 – 27 hours after the crash.

 

The mail

The plane carried some mail which was not so badly damaged. The mail bags were brought to the Oslo Post Office for further processing.
Until now only two covers from the crash has been recorded. They show different crash markings – see below.

 

 

A.
Norwegian label.
Size of textblock:  ?

 

Translation:
Delayed due to air crash.
– Oslo Post Office –

 

B.
Manuscript note
with 2-line violet handstamp of
Oslo postkontor / Budavdeling. Inspektøren.

 

Translation:
Delayed mail from the crashed airplane at Tolga.

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of mail

 
Cover postmarked TRONDHEM -7.11.56 and addressed to Oslo. The crash label type A. is glued onto the front. Arrival postmark of OSLO dated 12th November.
Arveng Collection.
 
Large size cover postmarked TRONDHEIM BR. IV  -7-11- 56 and addressed to Oslo. Crash marking type B.
Arveng Collection.