A file photo of a US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey. On March 19, 2022, a US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey aircraft was participating in a military exercise called Cold Response when it crashed in a remote area. Four people on board, believed to be US nationals, were killed.

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All four people aboard a US military plane were killed when it crashed into a remote part of northern Norway on Friday during a NATO-led military training exercise, local police said on Saturday.

“To the best of the police’s knowledge, all four are American nationals,” the police said. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere tweeted his condolences on what he said was the death of four Americans.

The US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey aircraft participated in an exercise called Cold Response.

Rescue services reached the crash site by land early on Saturday after helicopters were unable to land due to poor weather conditions. According to local weather forecasts, there was a strong wind blowing, heavy rain fell and there was a risk of avalanches.

“Police reached the crash site around 0130 CET (0030 GMT). It has unfortunately been confirmed that all four on board the plane have died,” Ivar Bo Nilsson, chief of operation for the Nordland Police Department, said in a statement.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident, although work had to be halted due to weather conditions. Work would resume as soon as the weather improves.

About 30,000 troops from 27 countries are involved in Cold Response, an exercise designed to prepare NATO member states for the defense of Norway.


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