Advertisement

Four Americans killed in US marine plane crash in Norway

AFP
AFP - [email protected] • 19 Mar, 2022 Updated Sat 19 Mar 2022 14:27 CEST
image alt text
Participants in a ceremony marking the start of Talisman Saber 2017, a biennial joint military exercise between the United States and Australia, board a US Marines MV-22B Osprey Aircraft on the deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship off the coast of Sydney on June 29, 2017. (Photo by JASON REED / POOL / AFP)

A US marine plane taking part in a NATO exercise has crashed in Norway, killing all four Americans on board, the Scandinavian country's army said Saturday.  

Advertisement

The four were taking part in the Cold Response military exercises involving30,000 troops from NATO and partner countries. 

About 200 planes and some 50 ships are taking part in the exercises, which will continue until April 1. 

Their plane, a V-22B Osprey aircraft belonging to the US Marine Corps, was reported missing on Friday evening south of Bodo in northern Norway. 

At 01:30 (0030 GMT) on Saturday, "the police arrived at the scene.

The police in Nordland County now confirm that the crew of four have died.

As far as the police know, the four are of American nationality," the Norwegian defence ministry said in a statement. 

The US Marine Corps said in a statement that four Marines were listed as "duty status whereabouts unknown" following "an aviation incident" involving a MV-22B Osprey. 

It said their identities would not be released until 24 hours after the soldiers' next of kin had been notified. 

"It's with great sadness that we received the message saying that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night," Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Twitter. 

Advertisement

Cold Response 2022 aims to test how Norway would manage allied reinforcements on its soil in the event that NATO's mutual defence clause were triggered. 

Tensions between Russia and NATO have soared following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, but the exercises were planned long before that offensive began on February 24. 

More

Comments

AFP 2022/03/19 14:27

Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also