Tributes to helicopter crash victims

Services are being held in north Norfolk for the four US air crew killed in a helicopter crash.

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Prayers for helicopter dead across the Diocese

The helicopter crash site at Cley

Prayers are to be said in churches across the Norwich Diocese today for those affected by helicopter crash in which four aircrew died at Cley-next-the-Sea in Norfolk on Tuesday.

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, will join the congregation of St Nicholas' Church, Salthouse near the crash site for their service.

Candles will be lit in memory of the four crew members who died, and prayers will be said for the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives as well as for the people of Salthouse and Cley and for the emergency services.

Speaking on behalf of the Bishop of Norwich, who is currently away, the Bishop of Lynn said, "We have all been shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of the four crew members involved in Tuesday's crash. "

"Words can be of little help at this time to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives, but in services across the Diocese we will be remembering them in our prayers this Sunday."


No Mayday message from helicopter

No mayday message was sent by the US Air Force helicopter which crashed inNorfolk killing all four on board.

Colonel Kyle Robinson, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk said there was no emergency message as he paid tribute to the dead servicemen.

Asked if emergency warnings were made in the moments before the HH-60G PaveHawk went down, Col Robinson said: "Not that I'm aware."



Bodies of crew unlikely to be recovered until tomorrow

The bodies of an air crew killed when a US military helicopter crashed in Norfolk are unlikely to be recovered until tomorrow, police have said.

You would be very much mistaken if you thought this would be a quick process.

It all hinges on our ability to establish what happened and the removal of the casualties, who are sadly deceased, could disrupt the evidence so this must be done methodically step-by-step.

– Chief Superintendent Bob Scully

Work to begin on removing bodies from crash site

The helicopter crash site at Cley

Norfolk Police say work will begin this morning to remove the bodies of four US Air Force military crew members killed in a helicopter crash on the North Norfolk coast.

"Police continue to lead on the investigation on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coroner Jacqueline Lake with assistance from other agencies including the Ministry of Defence and USAF.

"The USAF has been given authority to begin the recovery operation.

"The scene remains cordoned off and closures are in place on the A149 between Salthouse and Old Woman’s Lane."

Chief Superintendent Bob Scully said: "Police and other agencies remain on scene today and will ensure the recovery of the bodies is dignified and respectful.

"Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of the military personnel who lost their lives in this tragic incident.

"The scene is on difficult ground and the longer term investigation and recovery work will take many more weeks.”


Witness: 'There was a different sound in the engines'

Eyewitnesses Peter and Sue McKnespiey said they heard the moments just before the US Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed.

"The noise was so loud it didn't seem quite right, Sue my wife looked out of the window... it was lighting the whole of the yard, it was just skimming the top of the house. We just heard a different sound of the engines and I said something's not right."

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