Huitfeldt comments on plane crash: “Our thoughts go to the families of the deceased” 

Anniken Scharning HuitfeldtPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Norway’s Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) says her thoughts go to the family and fellow soldiers of the four Americans who died in a plane crash in Nordland.

“It is with great sadness that we have received the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash yesterday,” Huitfeldt wrote on Twitter at 9:30 AM on Saturday.

She confirmed that the soldiers participated in the NATO exercise Cold Response which is now being carried out in Norway, saying that her thoughts now go to the soldiers’ families and their fellow soldiers.

In the morning hours on Saturday, the police confirmed that all four soldiers on the American military plane lost their lives when the plane crashed in Nordland on Friday.

The Armed Forces have alerted their relatives. The police have launched an investigation.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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3 Comments on "Huitfeldt comments on plane crash: “Our thoughts go to the families of the deceased” "

  1. We’ve always had trouble with that aircraft. A bigger, faster helicopter model would be far simpler and preferable. It is listed as Navy, but our (Navy’s) Marines have tried to use it.
    In World War 2, the Marines got stuck with the Navy hand-me-down Brewster Buffalo. Although the Finns had used that plane effectively against Russian aircraft – its four .50 caliber guns were devastating for its time – it was suicide to fly against the Japanese Zero, as was proven for all time in the Battle of Midway … about which the recent film is excellent.
    The Navy had been developing the F4U Chance Vought Corsair as one carrier replacement, but thought its nose was too long for carrierr landings, so they “stuck” the Marines with it as a NEW hand-me-down.
    The F4U had a top speed of 400 mpg and SIX .50 (and later four 20mm) guns and was soon massacring Zeros at the hands of the delighted Marine pilots like Pappy Boyington who commanded the Ba Ba Black Sheep squadron.
    Marines were carrier-trained and during a carrier attack on Rabaul – the main Japanese naval and air base above Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands – Corsairs who had come out from liberated Bougainville to fly Combat Air Patrol over our carriers *did* land and refuel on them, so the Navy even started operating them off our little baby flattops – escort carriers.
    My high school American football coach George (Sonny)Franck was one of those Marine pilots. He had been an All-American and then professional football player. One night, he got exasperated with our defense and put on a helmet – no other pads – and dared our defense (who were really angry) to tackle/get him, and he just ran circles around those kids. (They were even madder then. 😎 )

    Anyway, the sooner they phase out the Osprey the better.

  2. As I suspected, it is being reported in the States that all 4 were Marines.

    Rest in Peace,Gyrenes.

  3. Another Osprey crash, this time in California.
    My comment beneath the Washington Post article:

    There was a similar tragic … and internationally embarrassing … Osprey crash in Norway last year.
    The system is just too complex.
    Only corruption … and/or indifference to Marines’ lives … could be keeping it in service.

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