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Four Airmen Killed in Air Force Helicopter Crash in the UK

“A U.S. Air Force helicopter on a training mission out of an eastern British base crashed in a bird sanctuary Tuesday night, killing all four U.S. crew members on board, British and U.S. military sources reported. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter went down near the village of Cley-next-the-Sea, in coastal Norfolk County, shortly before 7 p.m., the BBC quoted a U.S. Air Force spokesman from nearby RAF Lakenheath as saying. The 48th Air Wing of the U.S. Air Force tweeted: ‘We can confirm that one of our HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters was involved in an incident during a training mission outside Cley-Next-The-Sea.’” (Source: http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-britain-usaf-helicopter-crash-20140107,0,3116965.story?track=rss#axzz2pmilC9u4).

“Last night people in the area spoke of their shock at the tragedy and told of hearing a ‘heavy and very unusual’ sound overhead as the helicopter – which specializes in recovering troops from war zones – plummeted into marshland. Peter and Sue Mcknestiey, who run Cookies Crabshop in Salthouse, heard what sounded like a helicopter and then jets flying overhead before becoming aware of fire engines, police and emergency services outside. She said: ‘It just seemed an unusual thing. It didn’t seem normal because it was so low and they don’t fly low anymore.’” (Source: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/four_people_dead_following_helicopter_crash_in_the_cley_area_north_norfolk_1_3182375).

We at Pilot Law extend our sympathies and condolences to the victims of this crash. We have a lot of experience in handling cases such as this and will continue to independently investigate the possible causes of this terrible accident.  As always, we are available for a free consultation with anyone who may wish to pursue claims on their behalf or on behalf of a loved one.