UK police investigate deadly helicopter crash site
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:24
Jan. 8 - British police are scouring a remote marshland area strewn with wreckage and bullets after a U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed in eastern England, killing four airmen. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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British police said on Wednesday (January 8) that they would be working with the U.S. Air Force and others to find out why a U.S. military helicopter crashed on the coast of eastern England, killing all four crew on board.
Wreckage, including munitions, was spread over a wide area of the crash site in difficult terrain of the North Norfolk marshes.
A second helicopter, which had been taking part in the same training exercise as the one that crashed, landed at the site and was still there.
The helicopter, a Pave Hawk assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath air base, was performing a low-level training mission along the Norfolk coast when it went down in marshland on Tuesday evening (January 7).
The cause of the crash, which occurred in a nature reserve near the village of Cley next the Sea, was not known. The area is about 130 miles (210 km) northeast of London.
Some local people heard the helicopter flying unusually low and had concerns.
"It came over the house and helicopters are not usually that low, definitely not helicopters. And it was just a loud noise getting nearer and you saw the lights and you saw it go over because I looked out of the window and we saw it go over and it must have crashed just after, I guess," said Sue McKnespiey.
"I just saw the lights of the helicopter, I didn't hear anything. I didn't hear any bangs, no flashes or anything like that and my house is right on the front and I was watching it and the first I knew that there was a problem was when the emergency services turned up," said Bernard Bishop, who is warden for the North Norfolk marshes.
A 400-metre (quarter mile) area around the crash site remained cordoned off to preserve public safety. No one on the ground was thought to have been hurt, authorities said.
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