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UK police pick through bullet-strewn U.S. helicopter crash site

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 - 01:36

Jan. 8 - British police tell local people to stay away from nature reserve in eastern England, after a U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed leaving behind a trail of ammunition. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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-- PART MUTE -- Investigations are underway in a remote marshland area in eastern England after a U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed, killing four airmen. Norfolk police chief superintendent Bob Scully says it's a slow process. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORFOLK POLICE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT, BOB SCULLY, SAYING: ''A lot hinges on our ability to understand what happened to the aircraft that crashed. And that includes the detailed investigation that needs to be done. Removal of casualties, sadly deceased from the aircraft, under those circumstances, can disrupt the evidence. It has to be done methodically, step by step. So it will take some time to move the deceased from the aircraft, possibly until tomorrow.'' The helicopter was on a low-level training mission along the Norfolk coast when it went down in a nature reserve Tuesday evening. Some areas of the reserve have been closed off to the public. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORFOLK POLICE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT, BOB SCULLY, SAYING: ''The ammunition that is scattered around the crash site came from the crashed aircraft. We do know exactly how much ammunition was on the aircraft and we also know the nature of that ammunition. As I said before, the community do not need to be concerned about the fact that ammunition is scattered about that site but that is with the caveat that they respect the cordons and do not go near that site until we have recovered each and every piece of ammunition.'' The names of those killed will be released 24 hours after their next-of-kin have been informed.

UK police pick through bullet-strewn U.S. helicopter crash site

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 - 01:36

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