The Norfolk Eastern Daily Press is reporting that the Pentagon confirmed four U.S. Air Force crew members were killed Tuesday evening when their helicopter, the HH-60G Pave Hawk, a newer version of the U.S. Army Black Hawk, crashed during a training exercise in the Cley Marshes nature reserve in Norfolk, England.
The helicopter left the U.S. airforce base at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, for a low-level flying exercise. The USAF stated that the crash occurred at roughly 6 p.m., but Norfolk police asserted it happened one hour later.
The Pave Hawk is designed to recover troops from war zones, and Norfolk police said that the helicopter was carrying live ammunition when it crashed. Superintendent Roger Wiltshire, of Norfolk Police, said: ‘The helicopter had a crew of four and sadly at this time we believe that all four crew members have died. We will shortly be making an assessment of the scene to make sure it is safe. We believe there is some ammunition on board the helicopter.”
The website for Cley Marshes states that the area supports numerous wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders. Residents were wondering whether the helicopter came into contact with birds.