’4 People Killed’ in US Air Force Helicopter Crash in England

Air Force Helicopter Crash in Cley RAF/US base North Norfolk Lakenheath


A helicopter crash involving a US Air Force helicopter is reported to have killed four people, reports ITV.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Accident Happened Close to a Military Base

The crash happened at around 8:53 p.m. local time, reports the BBC, on January. The crash happened in Cley, about 50 miles to an Royal Air Force base used by US Air Force personnel in Lakenheath, Suffolk.

2. Some Locals Reported Hearing Military Aircraft Overhead A Lot Recently

HH-60 Pave Hawk US helicopter


Locals reported hearing helicopters performing maneuvers overhead late at night over the last few days. The helicopter involved is reported to have been a HH-60 Pave Hawk US helicopter (above).

3. One Local Said She Had Never Seen So Many Emergency Service Vehicles

One resident of the area told the Eastern Daily Press:

We had never seen so many police cars and fire engines so went to have a look.

The beach road to Cley is sealed off. There are lots of fire engines near the Dun Cow pub at Salthouse. A helicopter is hovering over the marsh with a light beaming down.

Someone said it was a helicopter down, and a coastguard told us to clear the area…

A guy at Salthouse said he had heard a lot of helicopter manoeuvres at night recently.

4. We Are Awaiting an Official Statement

A statement is expected shortly from the Lakenheath base. Local police in Norfolk released a statement saying:

Police are currently dealing with a single helicopter crash in the Cley area on the north Norfolk coast. There are believed to be four dead. Officers are on the scene, with a 400 metre area cordoned off.

5. The Crash Happened Over Land

The crash happened along the coastline, after initial concern that the aircraft had plunged into the sea, local sea rescue was mobilized. They stood down when the wreckage was discovered over land, reports The Guardian.

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