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A American Marine Corps aircraft Authorities say a plane carrying four passengers crashed during a NATO exercise in northern Norway on Friday evening.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Kar Store confirmed on Saturday that none of the occupants had survived.
“Soldiers participated in the cold response to NATO training,” Store said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences to the players’ families, relatives and fellow players in their ranks.”
The exercises held in Norway are part of the annual exercises conducted and are unrelated to the war in Ukraine, according to the Associated Press.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, the report said.
The navy has previously said that an “accident” took place in northern Norway and that the plane was a V-22B Osprey that was part of the NATO Exercise Gold Response 22.
The Norwegian Armed Forces told the AP that the plane belonged to the US military.
The Navy is investigating the incident Said in a Twitter message.
In a statement to Fox News, a spokesman for the II Marine Expeditionary Force said it was aware of what it described as a “plane crash” involving a plane in Norway.
Aspray was on its way to Bodo, where it was scheduled to land at 6pm on Friday, but it crashed into a crucible in Bourne, south of Bodo, the AP said.
‘Thank you for your effort’
The spokesman added that Norwegian authorities had begun a search and rescue operation.
“We are grateful for their efforts and will assist them in their search and rescue in every way possible,” the spokesman said.
Police arrived at the scene of the crash around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and confirmed the death of a group of four, according to the AP.
Earlier, Norwegian officials wrote online that rescue teams had gone to the site despite “challenging” and expected worsening weather conditions.
The Norwegian Armed Forces said it was located in Saltfzellet, several hundred miles from the Russian border, between Sweden and Finland.
A recovery Helicopter Sent, but mission canceled.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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