Cley helicopter crash: RAF Lakenheath statement in full

PUBLISHED: 08:38 08 January 2014 | UPDATED: 08:38 08 January 2014

An HH-60G Pavehawk at Lakenheath.

An HH-60G Pavehawk at Lakenheath.


RAF chiefs have said the names of those killed in the helicopter crash at Cley will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin have been informed.

Investigators are at the scene of last night’s crash, which happened on isolated marshland. An exclusion zone is in place, and is expected to remain throughout the day.

An official statement, released this morning by RAF Lakenheath, where the Pave Hawk that crashed was based, said: “Four airmen were killed in a US Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash at about 6pm yesterday near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast.

“Names of the Airmen killed in the crash will be released 24 hours after next-of-kin notifications.

“US military officials are coordinating the recovery efforts with the UK police and the Ministry of Defence. The authorities have secured the crash site and established a cordon.

“The aircraft, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, was performing a low-level training mission along the coast when the crash occurred. As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided.”

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