A US military aircraft with four crew on board is thought to have crashed in Norway while taking part in NATO exercises, Norwegian emergency services said on Friday.
The US Osprey aircraft “was reported missing at 18:26 (17:26 GMT) south of Bodo” in northern Norway in bad weather, the regional emergency services said in a statement.
The four-person crew was taking part in the Cold Response military exercises involving 30,000 people from NATO and partner countries.
The US Marine Corps confirmed “a mishap” involving an MV-22B Osprey during the exercises and said in a statement that Norwegian civil authorities were leading the search and rescue efforts.
“We are not at the site itself so we know nothing of the four people who were on board. But we know it is a crash site,” HRS spokesman Jan Eskil Severinsen said on the NRK television channel.
Nordland police chief of staff Bent Eilertsen told Reuters: “We’ve discovered an aircraft that has crashed. We’ve seen no sign of life.
Rescuers searching from the air saw the crash site in the area where it went missing but the weather was too bad for them to land.
Source: Norwegian emergency services, international media
Photo Credits: US Navy official web site