A U.S. military aircraft carrying four people crashed in northern Norway, the country’s rescue coordination center announced on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) said the US Marine Corps V-22 Osprey aircraft, a multi-mission tilt-rotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing, “landed.”
A spokeswoman said the situation of the people on board the aircraft was unknown.
The aircraft participated in a NATO military exercise called Cold Response 2022. Navy, air, and ground training began earlier this week, involving an army of 30,000, 220 aircraft, and 50 warships.
according to statement The aircraft was reported missing by the JRCC in northern Norway at 6:26 pm local time in southern Norway. According to the statement, it was due to a landing around 6 pm. The last known position of the aircraft was Saltfjellet.
A JRCC spokesman said rescue helicopters and Norwegian Orion planes were searching the area and located the plane from the air at 9:17 pm local time.
“I found it after receiving an emergency signal,” he said. “We can’t get off because of bad weather. Police and rescue teams are” on their way “by land, according to a spokesman.
“Further adjustments will be handled by Nordland police,” according to a JRCC statement.
According to NATOIn military exercises involving planes, “tens of thousands of troops from all over Europe and North America are involved. [who] We are training together in harsh climatic conditions. “
“Approximately 30,000 troops from 27 countries, including NATO’s close partners Finland and Sweden, are participating in this exercise, including approximately 220 aircraft and more than 50 vessels,” NATO said. Is writing.
Training is held every two years in large areas of Norway, including above the Arctic Circle. The latest training is planned long before Moscow invades Ukraine on February 24, exploring how Norway manages reinforcements. NATO said it had offered an invitation to Russia to monitor the training, but Moscow refused to attend.
Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.