Photo and video update: Candles lit and a prayer said for Gillingham helicopter crash victims

Revd Julie Oddy-Bates take the service at Kirby Cane church where 4 candles were lit to remember those who died in the Gillingham helicopter crash.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Revd Julie Oddy-Bates take the service at Kirby Cane church where 4 candles were lit to remember those who died in the Gillingham helicopter crash. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Sunday, March 16, 2014
3:18 PM

Candles have been lit and a prayer has been said to the victims of the fatal helicopter crash at Gillingham.

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The wreckage of the helicopter that crashed in Gillingham is removed from the site of the accident.
Photo by Simon Finlay.The wreckage of the helicopter that crashed in Gillingham is removed from the site of the accident. Photo by Simon Finlay.

The Rev Julie Oddy-Bates led the congregation in the tribute before the Holy Communion service at All Saints’ Church in Kirby Cane this morning.

Four people died when the AgustaWestland AW139 crashed in a field off the A143 Yarmouth Road, near Beccles, in heavy fog on Thursday evening.

It 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.

Mrs Oddy-Bates, priest in charge of the Waveney benefice, which includes Gillingham, said hearts and prayers went out to all those suffering as a result of the tragedy.

A Gillingham parishoner lit a candle for each of the four crash victims as their names were read out.

Mrs Oddy-Bates concluded the tribute with a prayer for the families and friends of the men that had died.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) was still at the scene of the crash today.

Investigators worked throughout yesterday to plot the distribution of the debris on the field before removing fuel from the helicopter to make it safe.

The rotor blades and tail section from the helicopter were removed yesterday and the fuselage of the aircraft was loaded on to a lorry last night.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service assisted with the recovery.

A fire crew from Great Yarmouth and the Urban Search and Rescue unit from Dereham are working with the AAIB to build a wooden frame around the fuselage to make it safe for its journey to the AAIB centre in Farnborough.

It is now expected to be moved later today.

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