US air force helicopter crash in Norfolk leaves four dead

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Police investigating a US helicopter crash on the Norfolk coast that killed four crew members and scattered live ammunition over a nature reserve said the incident occurred during a training exercise involving a second US helicopter.

Chief Superintendent Bob Scully from Norfolk police said the aircraft were HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters. Speaking at a press conference at the scene, in the village of Cley-next-the-Sea, he said the second helicopter was not thought to have caused the crash.

But he added it was too early to speculate. “The two aircraft were involved in some training activity,” Scully said.

“The most immediate aircraft to provide assistance was the other aircraft. It will be a matter for the [air] investigation to establish whether there was any causal link. My understanding was apparently not but we don’t know. We should allow them to carry out the full investigation.”

The wreckage of the crashed US helicopter lies near the beach at Cley-next-the-Sea The wreckage of the crashed US helicopter lies near the beach at Cley-next-the-Sea. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

The crashed aircraft had flown from the US airbase at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.[Read more]