Four American soldiers killed in the crash of a military plane in Norway | NATO News

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Four US servicemen were taking part in an annual exercise involving 30,000 soldiers, 200 aircraft and 50 ships.

A US military plane taking part in NATO exercises has crashed in Norway, killing all four US soldiers on board.

The four were taking part in the Cold Response military exercises involving 30,000 soldiers from NATO and partner countries. About 200 planes and about 50 ships are taking part in the exercises, which will continue until April 1.

The United States Marine Corps earlier confirmed “an accident” involving an MV-22B Osprey aircraft during the exercises, and said Norwegian civil authorities were leading search and rescue efforts.

“It is with great sadness that we received the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Twitter on Saturday.

The plane was reported missing on Friday evening south of Bodo in northern Norway.

At 01:30 (00:30 GMT) on Saturday, “police arrived at the scene. Nordland County Police now confirm that the crew of four are deceased. To the best of police’s knowledge, all four are US nationals,” the Norwegian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Saturday.

Cold Response 2022 aims to test how Norway would handle Allied reinforcements on its soil should NATO’s mutual defense clause be triggered.

“A normal procedure”

Tensions between Russia and NATO skyrocketed after Moscow invaded Ukraine, but the drills were planned long before that offensive began on February 24.

The police have opened an investigation into the accident.

“The weather is very poor in the area to complete work at the scene, but policing will resume as soon as weather conditions allow,” Norland Police District Operations Manager Ivar Bo Nilsson told reporters.

Lt. Gen. Yngve Odlo, chief of Norwegian Armed Forces Operational Headquarters, said Cold Response would continue despite the accident.

“At the moment, the focus is on ending the rescue operation, taking care of people, then there will be a normal procedure with a causal link,” Odlo said, as quoted by the TV channel. Norwegian public NRK.

The first Cold Response exercise took place in 2006 and exercises have been conducted eight times over the years. They take place in southeast, central and northern Norway.

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