US military plane with four on board crashes in the Norwegian Arctic


OSLO, March 18 (Reuters) – A US military plane with four people on board has crashed in northern Norway, the country’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centers (JRCC) said on Friday.

The V-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to the US Marine Corps was taking part in a NATO military exercise called Cold Response when it went missing at 6:26 p.m. CET (1726 GMT), the JRCC said.

The plane was carrying out a training exercise and was due to land around 6:00 p.m. CET (1700 GMT). There was bad weather in the area, with conditions worsening.

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“He hit the ground,” a JRCC spokesperson said.

The status of those on board the plane was not known, he said.

A rescue helicopter and a Norwegian Orion military aircraft were searching the area and made an aerial discovery at 2017 GMT, the spokesperson said.

“We found it after receiving an emergency signal,” he said. “Because of the bad weather, we cannot go down. The police and rescue services are on their way” by land.

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Report by Gwladys Fouché; edited by Terje Solsvik and Grant McCool

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