Four US troops died when a military aircraft crashed during NATO training exercises in northern Norway, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said on Saturday. The soldiers were participating in NATO’s “Cold Response” drills when the incident involving the V-22 Osprey aircraft occurred on Friday night in Nordland county.
“Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit,” Støre tweeted.
The exercise got under way in earnest on Monday and is scheduled to last until April 1.
It was planned before the outbreak of war in Ukraine, which has heightened tensions between the Western defence alliance and Moscow.
“Cold Response” takes place every two years under wintry conditions in Norway.
Around 30,000 soldiers from 27 NATO states and partner countries are involved, including thousands each of land, sea and air forces.
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