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A US military plane disappears during NATO exercises in Norway

A small American military plane with four crew members taking part in the NATO maneuvers in Norway fuand declared missing this Friday, according to the authorities of the Scandinavian country.

The US OSPREY plane “was declared missing at 08:26 (17:26 GMT) in the south of Bodo” ​​(north), the Northern Norway Rescue Services (HRS) said in a statement, pointing to the poor weather conditions at the site. that moment.

The four crew members were participating in the Cold Response exercise, which mobilized 200 planes and some 50 ships from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The statement adds that at 9:17 p.m., a place was identified from the air with the possible presence of the device, but that “it was not possible to approach it, due to the meteorological conditions”.

“We are not in that place and therefore we do not know anything about the four people who were on board. But we know that it is an accident site,” HRS spokesman Jan Eskil Severinsen told Norwegian public television.

He also indicated that “the strong winds and the snow will worsen during the night, so it is not possible to descend by helicopter to the accident site, which, however, the police and a group of volunteers are trying to arrive by land“.

The fighter plane was heading to the Bodo base and was to have landed at 6:00 pm local time, and the alarm sounded half an hour later.

With information from agencies

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