Originally Posted by 84RFK
Heat signatures in that area by now might just as well be reindeer or search patrols.
The search patrols are GPS fixed to avoid just this sort of missmatch with contacts that will use up valuable time.
Why would heat signatures not indicate survivors?
There are several ways a human being can survive in these extreme weather conditions even if the chances are dropping exponentionally with time passing.
IF they survived the crash they may very well be alive still.
My sources tells me they probably hit "Drakryggen".
That terrain are hostile on the best of days.
Never mind at hurricane winds.
This sort of thing shouldnŽt be possible if you fly on TFR.(Wich the J variant are fitted with)
Chances are they have been flying it on manual override and gotten sucked down by downdraft over the ridge.
Search patrols in the area have got sufficient endurance untill Sunday.
Edit to add:
The terrain around this area are often used by Subarctic warfare school.
The first responders and a few SF Teams were in the area rapidly but the weather make the search hard as it has to be done the the old manual way on foot and scooters.
No low level flying over the ridges has been possible.
THIS JUST IN:
Parts of the wreckage after the C-130J has been found on both sides of "Drakryggen".
My own conclusion:
WeŽll be hardpressed to find anyone alive as the crash itself seems to have been violent enough to send wreckage over the summit of Drakryggen.
I hope to be wrong, but there it is..
Air assets in the area now are:
Mungo 41, US Hercules.
Saint 44, Norwegian Orion.
Dusty 311, Swedish Hkp 15.
At 30 min ready are a Swedish SuperPuma and a Norwegian Sea king.
AWACS are flying overwatch untill 24.00 Zulu+1