MADRID, March 21. (Royals Blue) –
The bodies of the American crew of a military plane that crashed last Friday in Norway while doing joint NATO military exercises have been recovered, according to the Norwegian Police explained in statements collected by the Norwegian station NRK.
The bad weather that has been recorded these days in the Norwegian province of Nordland has delayed the collection of US soldiers, since the avalanche experts of the Norwegian Armed Forces recommended waiting for the weather to be better, according to NRK.
The four deceased, who were traveling in a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, have been identified and will be reunited with their families in the coming days, Marine General Michael Cederholm said in a press release.
As expected by the chief of staff of the Nordland Police, no crew member has survived the accident, although the black box of the aircraft has been recovered, something that will be “absolutely essential” to try to clarify what happened, as explained by the inspector of accidents Mats Torbjornssona ‘Dagbladet’.
Until now, the investigation has been led by the Norwegian Police in collaboration with the US military, although as NKR points out, it is likely that the Americans will take over the investigation.
The military exercises, in which NATO members participate and known as ‘Cold Response’, have activities both at sea and in the air and, according to information from Norway, about 30,000 soldiers from 27 states and NATO partners participate. Atlantic Alliance, including thousands of land, sea and air forces each.
Already before the start of the operation, the Norwegian authorities emphasized that ‘Cold Response’ is not a reaction to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, but a “long-planned” common defense exercise.