4 US Air Force Helicopter Crew Believed Killed in British Crash

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Four crew members on board a US military helicopter were believed to have been killed when their aircraft crashed in eastern England during a routine training operation on Tuesday, police and a Pentagon official said.

The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at the nearby US air base RAF Lakenheath, went down at about 1.00 p.m. ET on marshland on the north Norfolk coast, a rural area about 130 miles northeast of London, Reuters reported.

"We can confirm that one of our HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters went down outside Cley during a low-level flying exercise," said a spokesman at the USAF base.

The four crew members "are presumed dead," a Pentagon official said.

"Sadly we believe that at this time all four of the crew are deceased," added Superintendent Roger Wilson of Norfolk Police in comments to reporters.

Police said next of kin would be informed before further details on the victims were released.

There was no immediate information as to the cause of the crash. The Pave Hawk is made by Sikorsky Aircraft Co, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

Police said a 400 metre (quarter-mile) area had been cordoned off at the crash site, a nature reserve, while it was determined from the US military what munitions the helicopter was carrying at the time.

No one in the surrounding area had been in any danger, Wilson said.

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