Norway plane crash: Four dead after US military plane crashes in remote location during Nato exercise

Helicopters were unable to land at the location of the crash due to severe weather conditions which meant the site could only be reached by snow mobile.

Four US military personnel were killed when the US Marine aircraft they were travelling in crashed during Nato exercises in a remote part of Norway on Friday.

The prime minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre, confirmed the details of the crash via Twitter on Saturday morning.

“It is with great sadness we have recived [sic] the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night,” said the Norwegian prime minister.

“The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit,” he added.

A US Marine tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft, similar to the one that crashed in Norway. (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

It was not possible to reach the crash site by air because of severe weather conditions.

A team reached the crash site by land using snow mobiles in the early hours of Saturday.

The aircraft the military personnel were travelling in when it crashed was a MV-22B Osprey and it was taking part in a Nato exercise called ‘Cold Response’.

‘Cold Response’ is an operation designed to prepare Nato for the defence of Norway and is, according to officials, unrelated to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

The exercise involves 30,000 troops from 27 different Nato member countries.

It has been reported that there were gale-force winds in the area south of the town of Bodo, where the aircraft came down, however no official cause has been confirmed.

‘Cold Response’, which was due to run until April 1, 2022 “will carry on as planned, with the measures we have to take due to the weather,” confirmed Norway’s armed forces.