A NATO training exercise in Norway has resulted in the death of four U.S. Marines. The exercise was not related to the war in Ukraine.
“We’ve discovered an aircraft that has crashed. We’ve seen no sign of life,” Nordland police chief of staff Bent Eilertsen said. “We’ve been told it’s an American aircraft with four Americans on board,” he said.
The Osprey went down in difficult weather conditions, he said, delaying any hunt for survivors.
“It’s dark, the weather conditions are bad and there is a risk of avalanches,” Eilertsen said.
4 Marines assigned to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, are listed in Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown following a training incident in support of Exercise Cold Response 2022 on the evening of March 18, 2022. pic.twitter.com/ZzYkQL2ZWS
— II MEF (@iimefmarines) March 19, 2022
The Osprey crashed Friday evening, according to CBS. Police did not reach the site until Saturday, when a rescue crew found there were no survivors.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere confirmed the casualties.
“It is with great sadness we have recived the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night. The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit,” he tweeted.
It is with great sadness we have recived the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night. The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit.
— Jonas Gahr Støre (@jonasgahrstore) March 19, 2022
Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, were shown earlier in the week operating out of Norwegian Air Force Base Bodø in Norway.
The squadron is based in New River, North Carolina.
Footage of two ospreys from earlier today during Cold Response exersize. One of them crashed later. Search crew has arrive on crash site with snowmobile. Dark and bad weather in the area. pic.twitter.com/APzI6ZLHYn
— GrumpyLars (@GrumpyLars) March 18, 2022
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.