A US Air Force plane taking part in a NATO military exercise has apparently crashed in Norway. Four marines were on board, US media reported on Friday night (local time).
A US Navy spokesman confirmed only one “incident” but gave no further details. He said the plane was in Norway, which shares a border with Russia, as part of a large-scale Cold Response defense exercise.
The main part of the defense exercise began on Monday. The exercise, in which Germany and many other NATO members are participating, is scheduled to end on April 1. The main activities must be first in the water and in the air. Cold Response takes place every two years in winter conditions in Norway.
Around 30,000 soldiers from 27 NATO and partner countries are participating, including thousands of ground, sea and air forces. According to NATO, Moscow was informed in detail and invited to send observers, but refused.
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Local rescue teams said the Osprey military plane disappeared south of Bodö on Friday night. Bad weather conditions prevailed in the area at the time.
Approximately three hours later in the evening, the crash site was discovered from the air. However, due to bad weather, it was not possible to land. Rescue teams are on their way there. “We are not at the scene of the accident itself, so we don’t know anything about the four people on board. But we do know it is the crash site,” rescue service spokesman Jan Eskil Severinsen told NRK television. . (dpa, afp)