There is an unfortunate report that has just surfaced from Norway.
Four bodies of US Marines were recently found by a Norwegian rescue crew after a US MV-22B Osprey crashed while conducting a NATO Excercise.
The crash had nothing to do with the current Russia and Ukraine conflict but was rather a bizarre accident.
As of right now, there is no conclusion on what caused the rashed but the only intel that has been given was that the Marines were part of a NATO exercise mission over 200 miles from Russia’s border.
Four U.S. Marines die in NATO drill when Osprey crashes in Norway https://t.co/OCcJurGu7j
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) March 19, 2022
Four U.S. Marines were killed when their Osprey aircraft crashed in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise unrelated to the Ukraine war, authorities said Saturday. https://t.co/jgnX3sUBCz
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 20, 2022
The New York Post had more details to share:
The bodies of four US Marines killed in an air crash during a NATO exercise Friday have been recovered, according to officials.
The victims’ MV-22B Osprey was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. local time after failing to report back from a training mission in Nordland County in northern Norway, the Norwegian Armed Forces said in a statement.
A Norway rescue helicopter and Norwegian military plane spotted the wreckage, according to Norwegian officials. Initial rescue efforts were thwarted by bad weather conditions.
The dead Marines were among the 30,000 NATO troops taking part in annual military exercises 200 miles from Russia’s border with Norway, according to the US military news outlet Stars and Stripes.
UPDATE: Four U.S. Marines were killed when an aircraft crashed during a large NATO military exercise in Norway, the Norwegian prime minister said.https://t.co/FVAvrRRdLS
— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2022
ABC News got the scoop too:
Four U.S. Marines were killed on Friday when an American MV-22 Osprey aircraft crashed during a large NATO military exercise in Norway, the Norwegian prime minister said.
“It is with great sadness we have received the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said on Saturday on Twitter. “The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit.”
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The plane crashed in Nordland, a county in northern Norway, local authorities said. Police arrived at the scene around 1:30 a.m. local time and “soon confirmed that the crew of 4 were deceased,” Nordland Chief in Staff Bent Eilertsen said in a statement. “As far as we know, all 4 are American.”
Search and rescue teams had been looking on Friday for the missing aircraft in northern Norway. The Second Marine Expeditionary Force said in an update Saturday morning that Norwegian authorities had located the wreckage of the MV-22B, and that the four marines are currently listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.