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Four killed in US military helicopter crash in Norfolk

Four people have been killed their Pave Hawk military helicopter crashed at Cley in North Norfolk. The aircraft was based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

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The bodies of the US aircrew removed from crash site

The bodies of the US aircrew are removed from the crash site Credit: Jason Bye

The bodies of a US air crew killed when a helicopter came down on marshland in Norfolk have now been removed from the crash site, police have confirmed.

Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews died when their Pave Hawk helicopter came down on a marsh near Cley-next-the-Sea on Tuesday night. Their female crew mate Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce was also killed in the crash.

A private ambulance was seen removing the first two bodies from the marsh at about 2pm on Thursday after a "complex" recovery operation.

It is understood the remaining bodies have also been recovered and will be taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital ahead of a post-mortem.

Norfolk Police said it had now handed the investigation over to the US Air Force as there was no evidence that the crash was a criminal matter.

The USAF, supported by the Ministry of Defence, will lead the continuing investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said she had notified the Lord Chancellor of the incident, as required by law.

She added that because the deceased were associated with a "visiting force" she would not be conducting an inquest into their deaths.

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