According to Norwegian authorities, four American service members died after a US military plane crashed in Norway on Friday night while participating in a NATO exercise.
After the military helicopter carrying four Americans crashes in Arctic Norway during a NATO ‘cold reaction’ training exercise, there was ‘no sign of life.’
The US Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey aircraft was participating in a NATO military exercise named Cold Response when it went missing at 6:26 p.m., according to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centres (JRCC).
After receiving an emergency signal, a rescue helicopter and a Norwegian military Orion jet investigating the region saw the debris from the air at 8:17 p.m.
‘An aircraft has crashed,’ says the narrator. ‘We haven’t seen any signs of life,’ said Nordland police chief of staff Bent Eilertsen. He went on to say, ‘We’ve been told it’s an American plane with four Americans on board.’
The US Marine Corps stated that an incident involving the aircraft occurred and that the issue is still being investigated.
‘At this time, Norwegian civil authorities are spearheading the search and rescue activities,’ according to a statement from the Second Marine Expeditionary Force. ‘We appreciate their efforts and will assist them… in any way we can.’
Despite the fact that tensions between NATO and Russia have been high since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, NATO claimed in a statement that the training exercise was unrelated and had been planned eight months in advance.
‘It is unrelated to Russia’s aggressive and unlawful invasion of Ukraine, to which NATO is responding with preventive, proportionate, and non-escalatory measures,’ according to NATO officials.
The rescue planes were unable to land due to the severe weather. Instead, police and rescuers attempted to approach the spot through the land, although it was uncertain how long this would take.