Services held across the region for dead aircrew

The Service held at Salthouse, Norfolk

Churches in our region have been lighting candles in memory of the American air crew killed when their helicopter crashed in Norfolk on Tuesday. Today their bodies have left the Lakenheath airbase in Suffolk and are being flown back to the United States.

This service at Salthouse on the North Norfolk coast was just a few hundred yards from the scene of Tuesday's tragedy, when a Pave Hawk aircraft came down during a training mission.

Among the congregation, representatives from the emergency services, and colleagues from the victims' home base at Lakenheath in Suffolk

Candles are lit at Salthouse in memory of the helicopter crew

Today the coast road near the crash site remains closed while American officials investigate what went wrong.

"The community support has been fantastic. Obviously at this particular time we are taking care of the families and the community back at RAF Lakenheath but to know and appreciate the affection and support we received from the local environment, the local community, just the local people, has just been phenomenal."

Col Mark Ciero, Vice Commander, 48th Fighter Wing_


Today the bodies of the air crew are being flown home to the United States where official memorial services will be held.

Here is Malcolm Robertson's report: