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How the US media are reporting fatal Cley helicopter crash

10:51 08 January 2014

The scene at Cley after an American military helicopter crashed and another landed after the incident.
 Picture: Simon Finlay

The scene at Cley after an American military helicopter crashed and another landed after the incident. Picture: Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

America is today waking up to the news that four US airmen have been confirmed dead in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast.

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The New York Times reported that the helicopter was a United States Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, and that it had been assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing.

Last night, ABC News tweeted news of the crash, which it said had happened “on the coast north-east of London”.

The Washington Post quoted an anonymous US Defence Department official, who confirmed that all four crew members on board the helicopter had been killed in the crash.

The Boston Herald was this morning reporting on the police operation to remove the bodies of the four crew from the wreckage, which it said was being hampered by bullets from the helicopter being strewn across the scene.

CNN said the Pentagon had not yet released information on those on board, and that the investigation into the circumstances of the crash were expected to take several days.

NBC News explained that the helicopter had been on a low-level training flight when it came down, but that no one on the ground had been injured in the crash.

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