Four Marines died after a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft crashed in the Arctic near Norway on Friday night.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre confirmed the death of the Marines on Twitter.

“It is with great sadness we have received the message that four American soldiers died in a plane crash last night,” he tweeted. “Our deepest sympathies go to the soldiers’ families, relatives and fellow soldiers in their unit.”

A spokesperson for the Second Marine Expeditionary Force said names would not be released until next of kin are notified.

“Though the nature of military service is inherently dangerous, the safety of our Marines, Sailors, Allies and partners is our top priority,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill. “Our hearts go out to the families affected by these events.”

The MV-22 Osprey was reported missing south of the town of Bodø, 6:26 p.m. local time, according to a e from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Norway. Bodø is an area in the north of the country. 

The plane had a crew of four and was conducting a training operation, according to the statement.

The aircraft was supposed to return around 6 p.m. local time.

Norwegian rescue services sent out ground units and aircraft to search for the plane and confirmed a discovery was made around 9 p.m. in the area of Beiarn, about two hours from Bodø.

The Marines said the cause of the incident is under investigation by both Norwegian and American authorities.

Updated: March 19, 2022, 7:11 a.m.

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