Norway Plane Crash: US releases identities of 4 soldiers killed in training exercise

Norway Plane Crash victims

Norway Plane Crash: The four Marines killed during a training flight in Norway on Friday have been identified by the US.

According to a Marine Corps news release, Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Capt. Ross A. Reynolds of Leominster, Massachusetts, Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy of Cambridge, Ohio, and Cpl. Jacob M. Moore of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, were all killed in the crash south of Bodo, Norway.

Norway Plane Crash victims
The four Marines killed in Norway Plane Crash. Credit/CNN

The bodies of the deceased Marines have been taken from the Norway plane crash site and are being transported back to the United States. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

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According to the announcement, Maj. Gen. Michael Cederholm, the commanding officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a letter to the Marines and their families that; “The pilots and crew were devoted to fulfilling their mission and were supporting a cause bigger than themselves.”

The plane, an MV-22B Osprey, was observed by a rescue chopper and seemed to have crashed in the Beiarn municipality, according to Nordland Police Chief of Staff Bent Arne Eilertsen.

Eilertsen also said that the plane appeared to have been “seriously damaged.”

The plane went missing at 6:26 p.m. local time on Friday while flying north of the Arctic Circle toward the town of Bod, according to the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC).

According to the statement, the aircraft’s last known location was near Saltfjellet, a mountainous section of Nordland county.

The aircraft was taking part in Exercise Cold Response 2022, according to the Marines.

Exercise Cold Response 2022 is a “long-planned exercise bringing together thousands of personnel from NATO Allies and partners, testing their capacity to work together in cold weather conditions across Norway — on land, in the air, and at sea,” according to the NATO website.

The NATO website stated, “This year’s drill was announced nearly eight months ago.”

“It is unrelated to Russia’s provocative and illegitimate invasion of Ukraine, to which NATO is responding with preventive, proportionate, and non-escalatory measures,” says the statement.

Source: CNN .

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