Expert says helicopter that crashed in Cley had ‘the best safety record’ in US military history

The scene at Cley next the Sea after an American military helicopter crashed and another landed after the incident. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY The scene at Cley next the Sea after an American military helicopter crashed and another landed after the incident. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
1:57 PM

A retired united states colonel has today described the helicopter, which crashed in Cley last night, as having “the best safety record” in the country’s military history.

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Rick Davis, a retired colonel for the US Air Force, spent seven years flying the aircraft.

He said: “The Pave Hawk may have the best safety record of any helicopter that the United States military has ever owned.”

An investigation has been launched into what caused the US Air Force helicopter to crash in north Norfolk, killing all four people on board.

Police and military experts are now probing the cause of the accident, which killed the four USAF personnel.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath, in Suffolk, came down at Cley’s nature reserve at around 7pm last night (Tuesday).

A strict cordon remains in place around the Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

Members of the public are being urged to stay away from the site on the marshes off Cley and Salthouse for safety reasons, and to allow the investigation to proceed unhindered.

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