NORWAY: Bitten Bear

The Norwegian Airlines Kvitbjoern (White Bear), a Sandringham flying boat, was one of the fanciest airliners aloft. An elevator carried its steward between the kitchen on the upper deck and the dining room and snack bar on the lower.

The Lofoten Islands are bare and gaunt; like a saw of teeth in a giant shark's mouth, their peaks rise out of the sea off Norway's coast.

Last week from one peak, hidden in rain and fog, fishermen heard an explosion that echoed from cliff to cliff. The Kvitbjoern, bound from Tromso to Oslo, burned for several hours. None of its 27...

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