Four Americans have died in a military plane crash in Norway.
Four Americans aboard a military plane that crashed in Norway where it was taking part in a NATO exercise, died in the crash which left no survivors, the Norwegian armed forces announced on Saturday. “The four victims are of American nationality,” Norwegian defense spokeswoman Stine Barclay Gaasland told AFP.
The Osprey model plane which belonged to the Marine Corps, with four crew members on board, disappeared from radar at the end of the day on Friday, while the weather was difficult, had announced the local emergency services specifying that the bad time complicated the search.
“At 01:30 a.m. (00:30 GMT, editor’s note) during the night, the police arrived at the accident area,” Norwegian Defense wrote in a statement. “The four people on board the plane died,” she said.
The aircraft was on a training mission as part of the Cold Response exercise which involves 200 aircraft and around fifty ships. These maneuvers, which last until April 1, aim to test Norway’s ability to receive external reinforcements in the event of aggression by a third country, under Article 5 of the NATO Charter which obliges its members to come to the aid of one of their own.
The Cold Response exercise is continuing as planned with additional measures due to the weather, the Norwegian Defense said.