07-12-1917 Professional English translation follows Norwegian text
Wednesday 18 July 1917, page 2
En flyvemaskine faldt ned i Beiarfjorden?
Fra Beiarn telefonerte Nordl.s korrespondent 13. ds.: Igaar formiddag hørte man paa gaarden Øines en merkelig dur i luften. Det hørtes som om man skramlet med metal. Straks efter iagttok man en sjøsøile mindst 40 meter høi ute paa fjorden ca. 300 meter fra Øines og ca. 50 meter fra Svartneslandet. Da den la sig saa man en sterk strømhvirvel og bølger som i storm. Det var stille fint veir.
Nogen tror at det var en meteorsten som gik i havet og andre tror det var en flyvemaskine som styrtet ned.
Der gik sterk strøm i fjorden saa man synes ikke det er underlig at der ikke er opdaget vrakrester om "fænomenet" skulde skrive sig fra en flyvemaskin.
Duren blev hørt og sjøsøilen set av både mænd og kvinder.
En tjenestepike meddeler, at hun da hun inde i stuen hørte duren oppe i luften, sprang ut og saa da en sort gjenstand falde ned.
Did an airplane crash into Beiarfjorden?
Our correspondent telephoned from Beiarn on the 13th: Yesterday morning a strange sound in the air was heard at a farm in Øines. It sounded like the jangle of metal. Soon after a column of water was seen out in the fjord, at least 40 meters high, approximately 300 meters from Øines and about 50 meters from Svartneslandet. When the column subsided, a strong eddy could be seen and waves as in a storm. The weather was nice and calm.
Some think a meteor stone fell into the sea and others think it was an airplane that crashed.
There was a strong current in the fjord, so the absence of any wreckage is not strange, if the "phenomenon" was caused by an airplane.
The sound was heard and the water column was seen by both men and women.
A servantreports that when she heard the sound from inside the living room, she ran outside and saw a black object fall down.
(On the 13th, yesterday would be the 12th - i.e. a Thursday.)
This was definitely not an aircraft accident.
The first fatal aircraft accident in Norway happened on 1 May 1917, and the next one on 23 August 1917.
Also, one would think that the flimsy aircraft available in 1917 (especially in Norway) would not be able to create a 40 meter high water column.
And unfortunately the article cuts off just when it starts to get really interesting. :)
Ole Jonny Brænne
Reference for the above text is:E-mail from Ole Jonny Brænne to me (CF) dated July 27, 2012.
Original: News clip from Nordlands Avis, Wednesday 18 July 1917, page 2.
Europe – Norway, Nordland
Beiarfjorden Latitude 67-09-00 N, Longitude 014-18-00 E (D-M-S) [marine channel]
Beiarn Latitude 67-01-00 N, Longitude 014-34-00 E [populated place]
Øines Latitude 67-14-00 N, Longitude 015-16-00 E [populated place]
Svartneslandet Unable to locate, possibly a name change to Sandhornøya?
Sandhornøya Latitude 67-09-00 N, Longitude 015-16-00 E [island]
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