Four U.S. soldiers died on Friday when an American military plane crashed while taking part in a NATO exercise in Norway, Norwegian officials reported on Saturday.
“It is with great sadness we have received the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre tweeted on Saturday. “The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers' families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit.”
The plane, U.S. OSPREY, went missing at about 6.26 p.m. south of the town of Bodø in the north of Norway, the Norwegian relief service, HRS, reported, explaining that weather conditions in the area were bad, Belga News Agency reported.
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At 9.17 pm., sightings were made from the air in the area where the plane had disappeared, but due to the adverse weather conditions, it had not been immediately possible to go down to the site, the security service said in the press release. Police later reached the site and confirmed the deaths of the soldiers.
A total of 200 planes and about 50 ships were participating in the Cold Response 2022 exercise, aimed at testing Norway’s capacity to receive external reinforcements in the event of an aggression by a third country. According to Article 5 of the NATO charter, in the event of such an attack, other NATO members to go to the rescue of any member state that comes under attack.