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ALERT: Four U.S. Marines Killed In Exercise Gone Horribly Wrong…

Four U.S. Marines have been killed in an exercise that has gone horribly wrong, and now people are looking for answers…

This is due to the fact that a NATO training exercise in Norway went terribly awry, resulting in the death of four U.S. Marines. This exercise was not related to the present conflict in Ukraine.

Reuters is now reporting that an MV-22B Osprey aircraft crashed on Friday, according to Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centers.

“We’ve discovered an aircraft that has crashed. We’ve seen no sign of life,” Nordland police chief of staff Bent Eilertsen said. “We’ve been told it’s an American aircraft with four Americans on board,” he said.

This Osprey went down due to difficult weather conditions, he said, and that delayed any hunt for survivors.

“It’s dark, the weather conditions are bad and there is a risk of avalanches,” Eilertsen said.

According to CBS, the Osprey crashed on Friday evening, and police did not reach the site until Saturday and that is when a rescue crew discovered that no one had survived.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere confirmed these casualties.

“It is with great sadness we have received the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night. The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit,” he tweeted.

According to the Marines Corps Times, there were 3,000 Marines from the II Marine Expeditionary Force that were from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina that were taking part in the exercise.

Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing had been seen earlier in the week operating out of the Norwegian Air Force Base Bodø in Norway.

The squadron calls New River, North Carolina home.

According to a 2019 report in Military.com, the tiltrotor aircraft’s engines have always been vulnerable to dirt and debris and that even to this day no effective protection has been discovered to solve the problem.

“Though the nature of military service is inherently dangerous, the safety of our Marines, Sailors, Allies and partners is our top priority. Our hearts go out to the families affected by these events. The incident is currently under investigation by both Norwegian and U.S. organizations,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

“Norwegian civil authorities took the lead in search and rescue efforts, and we are grateful for their professional commitment to our enduring relationship. We are immensely grateful for the support of all first responders, the Norwegian Armed Forces, and Allies and partners that contributed various assets and people in the ongoing efforts,” the statement said.



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