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Four Marines die in NATO drill in Norway

Bycbs editor

Mar 19, 2022

Four U.S. Marines have been killed while their Osprey plane crashed in a Norwegian city withinside the Arctic Circle all through a NATO workout unrelated to the Ukraine conflict, government stated Saturday.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere tweeted that they died withinside the crash on Friday night time. The motive became below investigation, however Norwegian police said terrible climate withinside the area.
“It is with top notch unhappiness we’ve got recived the message that 4 American infantrymen died in a aircraft crash ultimate night time,” the Norwegian top minister tweeted. “Our private sympathies visit the infantrymen’ families, loved ones and fellow infantrymen of their unit.”
The Marines, assigned to second Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, have been taking element in a NATO workout known as Cold Response. The U.S. says their identities would not be at once supplied consistent with U.S. Defense Department coverage of notifying loved ones.
The plane became an MV-22B Osprey. It “had a team of 4 and became out on a schooling challenge in Nordland County” in northern Norway, the country’s military stated in a statement.
It became on its manner north to Bodoe, wherein it became scheduled to land simply earlier than 6 p.m. Friday. The Osprey crashed in Graetaedalen in Beiarn, south of Bodoe. Police stated a seek and rescue challenge became released at once. At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the police arrived on the scene and showed that the team of 4 had died.
The annual NATO drills in Norway are unrelated to the conflict in Ukraine. This 12 months they consist of round 30,000 troops, 220 plane and 50 vessels from 27 countries. The sports commenced on March 14 and stop on April 1.
The V-22 Ospreys had been concerned in some of lethal crashes in current years. In 2017, 3 U.S. Marines have been killed while a MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor plane crashed off the coast of Australia.
In April of 2000, a V-22 Marine tilt-rotor Osprey crashed all through a night time touchdown in Arizona. The awful fireball became recorded through a digital digicam on a 2nd V-22. Nineteen humans on board have been killed.