US identifies 4 Marines killed in Norway training flight

Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz of Castle Wayne, Indiana, Capt. Ross A. Reynolds of Leominster, Massachusetts, Gunnery Sgt. James W. Fast of Cambridge, Ohio, and Cpl. Jacob M. Moore of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, had been killed inside the crash south of Bodo, Norway, a knowledge release from the Marines said.

The deceased Marines had been far off from the crash site and are inside the process of being returned to the USA. The cause of the crash is beneath investigation.

“The pilots and group had been devoted to wearing out their project and serving a cause higher than themselves,” Maj. Gen. Michael Cederholm, the commanding commonplace of 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a letter to the Marines and their families, in keeping with the release.

The airplane — a MV-22B Osprey — was once spotted from a rescue helicopter, and seemed to have crashed inside the municipality of Beiarn, Nordland Police leader of employees, Bent Arne Eilertsen, urged public broadcaster NRK on Saturday. The craft seemed to have “primary damage,” Eilertsen said.

The airplane was once reported missing at 6:26 p.m. local time Friday while heading in opposition to the town of Bodø, located north of the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Middle (JRCC) said in a press unencumber. The airplane’s ultimate known position was once through Saltfjellet, a mountainous area of Nordland county, the statement added.

The Marines said Sunday night time that the airplane was once participating in Educate Cold Reaction 2022. In keeping with NATO’s internet web page, Cold Reaction 2022 is “a long-planned educate bringing jointly loads of troops from NATO Allies and partners, trying out their capability to paintings jointly in cold local weather scenarios right through Norway — on land, inside the air and at sea.”

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“This year’s educate was once presented over 8 months previously,” the NATO site said. “It isn’t related to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, which NATO is responding to with preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory measures.”

This tale has been up to the moment with additional data Sunday.