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US Air Force names servicemen killed in helicopter crash

Cley marshes, where the crash took place. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Four US servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in north Norfolk have tonight been named.

Capt Christopher Stover, Capt Sean Ruane, Tech Sgt Dale Matthews and SSgt Afton Ponce, who were based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, were on a low-level training exercise at Cley-next-the-sea.

Their HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter crashed into the nature reserve just before 7pm on Tuesday.

Col Kyle Robinson, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: "We continue to think of the loved ones who are experiencing such a tragic, sudden loss.

"The Liberty Wing feels as though it has lost members of its family, and we stand by to support one another and these airmen's families during this difficult time."

RAF Lakenheath said Capt Stover and Capt Ruane were both pilots on the mission while Tech Sgt Matthews and SSgt Ponce were special mission aviators.

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