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USAF helicopter crash: Memorial service for victims

  • 17 January 2014
  • From the section England

Families of the four US Air Force crew killed when their helicopter crashed in Norfolk have attended a memorial service in their honour.

Capt Christopher Stover, Capt Sean Ruane, Technical Sgt Dale Matthews and Staff Sgt Afton Ponce died in the crash near Cley on 7 January.

They were in an HH-60G Pave Hawk, which was part of 48th Fighter Wing.

More than 2,000 people attended the private service at the crew's base of RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

Body armour, rifles and dog tags belonging to each crew member were on display and tributes were read out during the service.

A spokesman from RAF Lakenheath said: "Your continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated."

An aircraft carrying the bodies of the three men and one woman left RAF Mildenhall earlier this week to return them to the US.

A police cordon around the scene of the crash and a road closure on the A149 from Salthouse to Old Woman's Lane is expected to remain in place until Monday.

Norfolk Police has handed the investigation over to the USAF, having said there was no evidence the crash was a criminal matter.

The USAF will lead the probe, supported by the Ministry of Defence.

The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

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