After a mechanical failure in flight, a US Air Force CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft is stranded at a Norwegian nature preserve.
Since August 12, the Osprey has been perched among the ferns and salamanders of the High North.
Even for special ops airmen, the area's difficult terrain and weather make rescue missions difficult.
The CV-22 is seen resting on a lush green plateau on the edge of the Norwegian Sea in a photo released by the Norwegian Armed Forces on Thursday.
The Norwegian Armed Forces, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency,
Norwegians intend to construct a small wooden road to protect vulnerable wildlife in the reserve while shimmying the aircraft closer to shore.
Then, using a massive crane, a boat will get as close to the Osprey as possible without running aground in shallow water.