Four American servicemen were killed after an MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, US Marine Corps crashed in a secluded part of northern Norway last March 18. The crew members were taking part in Exercise Cold Response 2022. It is a NATO-planned annual military exercise held in Norway to help allies gain experience working together in cold regions.

“It is with great sadness we have rec(e)ived the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night,” wrote Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on Twitter. “The soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response. Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives, and fellow soldiers in their unit.”

An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 maneuvers along the flightline aboard Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 5, 2014 (DVIDS). Source: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1233865/marine-nco-discusses-mission-sets-example-junior-marines
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 maneuvers along the flight line aboard Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 5, 2014 (DVIDS)

The crew of four was out on training ops in Nordland County last Friday. They were on their way to Bodø, scheduled to arrive around 6:00 PM the same day. The aircraft was reported missing shortly after not landing on time.

The Norwegian rescue team reached the crash site early on Saturday after being delayed by bad weather, which included strong winds coupled with a heavy downpour. The wreckage was found in the mountains near Gråtådalen, in Beiarn, south of Bodø.