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The Guardian: Norway irked over Sweden’s silence on rocket that crashed on its shores

26-4-2023 |

Research rocket launched from Kiruna, northern Sweden, had plunged into mountainside in Norway’s far north

The Norwegian foreign ministry has expressed irritation with Sweden for not immediately informing it of a research rocket that crashed in Norway, in a rare spat between the two neighbours.

The rocket, which was launched early Monday from the Esrange Space Centre in Kiruna, northern Sweden, plunged into a mountainside in the Målselv municipality in Norway’s far north, about 10km from the closest inhabited area.

No one was injured and no material damage was reported.

“The crash of a rocket like this is a very serious incident that can cause serious damage,” the foreign ministry in Oslo said.

“When such a border violation occurs, it is crucial that those responsible immediately inform the relevant Norwegian authorities through the proper channels,” it said.

Norway’s foreign ministry also noted that retrieval work was not supposed to begin without Norwegian authorisation, which had not been granted.

Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority said it had learned of the crash and retrieval work from the Swedish Space Corporation’s press release issued on Monday.

Source: The Guardian