August 2 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The flight voice recorder of the helicopter that crashed in Gillingham killing four people is believed to have been recovered.
The AgustaWestland AW139 crashed in a field off the A143 Yarmouth Road, near Beccles, in heavy fog on Thursday evening.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) worked throughout yesterday to recover debris from the site.
An AAIB spokesman said site workers were plotting the distribution of the debris on the field before removing fuel from the helicopter to make it safe.
The rotor blades from the helicopter were removed during the day and the main body and tail section of the aircraft was loaded on to a lorry last night.
It is expected to be taken away by the AAIB today.
The aircraft was taking off from Gillingham Hall, home of Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond, who died in the crash.
The other victims were Declan Small, a site foreman for Lord Ballyedmond’s company, and pilots Carl Dickerson and Lee Hoyle.
The AAIB took over as the investigators on Friday.
Detectives with specialist skills from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation team said on Friday they were satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.