Two USMC MV-22B Ospreys onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth to disembark USMC personnel on Exercise Strike Warrior in 2021 (Picture: MOD).
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Four US soldiers die in plane crash during NATO Arctic exercise

The personnel were taking part in Exercise Cold Response 2022, with the crash unrelated to the Ukraine war.

Two USMC MV-22B Ospreys onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth to disembark USMC personnel on Exercise Strike Warrior in 2021 (Picture: MOD).

Four US soldiers have been killed in a plane crash during a NATO exercise in Norway. 

Norway's prime minister Jonas Gahr Store tweeted that they were killed in a crash on Friday night – the incident is unrelated to the Ukraine war. 

The plane was a V-22B Osprey belonging to the US Marine Corps, Norway's armed forces said. 

"The aircraft had a crew of four and was out on a training mission in Nordland County", in northern Norway, according to a statement. 

It was on its way north to Bodo, where it was scheduled to land, however, the plane crashed in Gratadalen in Beiarn, south of Bodo. 

Police said a search and rescue mission was launched immediately but when they arrived at the scene at 01:30 on Saturday, the crew of four were confirmed dead.  

The annual NATO drills in Norway are unrelated to the war in Ukraine. 

This year they include about 30,000 troops, 220 aircraft and 50 vessels from 27 countries, with non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participating. 

No cause was given for the crash but the Norwegian armed forces said Exercise Cold Response "will carry on as planned, with the measures we have to take due to the weather".