US aircraft crashes with 4 aboard during NATO drills in Norway

A US Marine Corps aircraft with four people on board crashed in northern Norway on Friday while participating in a NATO exercise several hundred miles from the Russian border, officials said.

The MV-22B Osprey was reported missing around 6:30 pm local time. A rescue helicopter and Norwegian military plane spotted the wreckage, according to Norwegian officials.

“We’ve seen no sign of life,” Nordland police chief of staff Bent Eilertsen said.

Air rescue efforts were thwarted by bad weather conditions and a ground response was underway, according to officials.

“It’s dark, the weather conditions are bad and there is a risk of avalanches,” Eilertsen said.

The Marines confirmed an “incident” involving an MV-22B Osprey aircraft in a statement.

The airplane-helicopter hybrid was taking part in a NATO drill entitled “Cold Response” when it was reported missing.

Thousands of Marines and sailors were among the 30,000 NATO troops taking part in military exercises just 200 miles from Russia’s border with Norway, according to US military news outlet Stars and Stripes.

The US Marines 3rd Battalion engages in targeting exercise in Setermoen, Norway on March 4, 2022.
The US Marines 3rd Battalion engages in targeting exercise in Setermoen, Norway, on March 4, 2022.
U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Jacqueline C.Arre
US Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, load onto a CH-53E Super Stallion during a force on force training event in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 2022, Setermoen, Norway, March 3, 2022.
Nordland Police Chief of Staff Bent Eilertsen has not confirmed any survivors from the aircraft crash.
U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Jacqueline C.Arre
US Marine Corps All Domain Effects Team, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, hike during a field exercise in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 2022, Setermoen, Norway, March 3, 2022.
US Marines and sailors participating in military exercises with NATO troops in Norway.
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Joshua Davis

The drills came three weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine — another European border country — and marked the biggest military exercises in Norway since the end of the Cold War, officials said.

With post wires

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