Special forces of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police were seen getting onboard the Icelandic National Coast Guard helicopter this morning. RÚV published a video of them getting onboard.
The helicopter took off from Reykjavík Airport at about 11:30 am.
The helicopter landed again at Reykjavík Airport at 2:13 pm. It was pulled into a hangar before anyone left board. Therefore, it’s not known who was onboard, according to RÚV.
RÚV claims its sources have revealed that the helicopter was to fly toward Polar Nanoq, a trawler from Greenland. The company which owns the trawler has sent out a statement saying that the police would like to ask one or more crew members some questions.
Chief Superintendent Grímur Grímsson told RÚV he is unable to comment on whether the helicopter’s flight is related to the investigation of Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old Icelandic woman who has been missing since Saturday morning.
Sveinn H. Guðmarsson, public relations officer for the Icelandic Coast Guard said he was unable to comment on the purpose of the helicopter’s flight. He would only state that divers and two boats from the Icelandic Coast Guard are searching in Hafnarfjörður harbor. No decision has been made as to whether the helicopter will assist in the search today, Sveinn noted.
It was reported earlier that crew members of Polar Nanoq rented a red Kia Rio for the weekend, but a car of that make was caught on security cameras driving in the harbor area at 6 am on Saturday morning, or several minutes after Birna’s cell phone was turned off. The same sort of car had been sought by police since Birna’s disappearance, after it was caught on security cameras driving on Laugavegur, where she was last seen.