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A US military plane crashes in Norway and leaves four dead

An MV-22B Osprey just like the one that crashed in Norway. / EFE

At the moment the causes of the accident are unknown and the US Army has opened an investigation into what happened

Norwegian military authorities have confirmed four deaths in the crash of a US military plane in the north of the country while participating in joint NATO military exercises.

The head of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Eirik Kristoffersen, has confirmed the worst forecasts on his Facebook page. “The search and rescue operation found what was an accident. Unfortunately, the crew aboard the American V-22 Osprey aircraft has passed away. My thoughts are with those who were left behind and the colleagues of the deceased », he has made known.

The country’s prime minister, Labor Jonas Gahr Store, has also lamented the death of the four US soldiers. “Our deepest condolences to the families of the soldiers, relatives and companions,” he has made known on his Twitter account.

The aircraft was heading to northern Norway and was expected to land in the city of Bodo around 6:00 p.m. However, this has not happened and, in fact, the last position recorded before the accident placed the aircraft in Saltfjellet, a mountain range about 70 kilometers from Bodo.

At the moment, the causes of the accident are unknown, although the US Army has reported that an investigation has been opened into what happened and that more details will be given when possible and time permits.

The Norwegian Armed Forces had warned this Friday at the last minute of the disappearance of a US plane that participated in the military exercises of ‘Cold Response’, a joint maneuver of different countries of the Atlantic Alliance that began this Monday in Norwegian territory.

As explained by the Norwegian Army, the aircraft, a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey model, was transporting four soldiers and belongs to the United States Marine Corps.

The military exercises, in which NATO members participate, include activities both at sea and in the air and, according to information from Norway, about 30,000 soldiers from 27 states and partners of the Atlantic Alliance participate, including thousands of forces land, sea and air of each one.

Already before the start of the operation, the Norwegian authorities emphasized that ‘Cold Response’ is not a reaction to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, but a “long-planned” common defense exercise.

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