The US V-22 hybrid helicopter carrying 4 people went missing during an exercise in Norway, authorities discovered traces of the plane that crashed but could not reach it.
The American V-22 Osprey disappeared at 6:26 pm on March 18 (0:26 am on March 19, Hanoi time) south of the town of Bodo, northern Norway, in bad weather conditions, the Rescue Coordination Center joint Northern and Southern Norway (HRS) said. The V-22, carrying four people, went missing while participating in Cold Response exercise with the participation of 30,000 NATO troops and partners.
Rescuers discovered signs of a V-22 in the area where the plane went missing, but bad weather conditions prevented them from landing at the scene. Rescue teams and local police are moving to the site of the V-22 crash.
“We are not at the scene so we don’t know anything about the four people on board. However, we do know it was a plane crash,” Jan Eskil Severinsen, a spokesman for HRS, said.
Exercise Cold Response 2022 was organized to test how Norway coordinates allied reinforcements in a scenario where NATO activates the common defense clause. The drills were held amid heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, which began before Moscow launched a military campaign to “demilitarize and de-fascist Ukraine”.
The V-22 hybrid helicopter was ordered by the Pentagon to develop in 1983, with the goal of creating a jet aircraft that can operate in narrow terrain such as dense forests, extremely short field runways. or helicopter carrier. Some of the variants include the CV-22B for US Air Force Special Operations Command, the Marines’ MV-22B, and the CMV-22B for aircraft carriers.
The V-22’s rotary engine system allows the aircraft to set up propellers to take off and land vertically like a conventional helicopter, or run/land like a flat-wing aircraft. V-22 Osprey has a length of 17.5 m, a width (including wings) of 25.8 m, a maximum take-off weight of 27.4 tons, a range of 1,600 km. The aircraft can carry 24 soldiers and 9 tons of cargo and military equipment.