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Update: Names of RAF Lakenheath airmen killed in helicopter crash released

The crash site pictured Wednesday morning with part of the wreckage seen on the right. Photo by Brian Egan.

The crash site pictured Wednesday morning with part of the wreckage seen on the right. Photo by Brian Egan.

RAF Lakenheath has released the names of four airmen who died in a helicopter crash on Tuesday.

Captain Christopher Stover and Captain Sean Ruane, both pilots, and special mission aviators Technical Sergeant Dale Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton Ponce were killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed on the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, between Cley-next-the-Sea and Salthouse, at around 6pm.

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.”

Norfolk Police were continuing their investigation at the crash site last night, assisted by other agencies including the Ministry of Defence and US Air Force.

Police cordons and no fly zones were put in place and the A149 could be closed from Salthouse to Old Woman’s Lane until Monday.

Speaking from the scene, Chief Superintendent Bob Scully said: “There are a significant number of specialists involved in the investigation including, the RAF, USAF and senior investigators and crime scene investigators from Norfolk Constabulary.

“We are all working together to secure all the evidence necessary for us to find out what happened to the aircraft.”

 

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