Cley-next-the-Sea helicopter crash scene remains cordoned off

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The scene of Tuesday evening’s US Air Force helicopter crash remains cordoned off as investigations into the cause of the incident continues at Cley Marshes.

Police continue to lead on the enquiry on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coroner Jacqueline Lake and are being assisted by other agencies including the Ministry of Defence and US Air Force.

Yesterday, these agencies have examined the scene of the crash, which has also been visited by the Coroner, to establish the safest and most respectful way of removing the deceased and the wreckage.

Chief Superintendent Bob Scully said: “There are a significant number of specialists involved in the investigation including, the RAF, USAF and senior investigators and crime scene investigators from Norfolk Constabulary.

“We are all working together to secure all the evidence necessary for us to find out what happened to the aircraft.”

There were to be some tasks taking place overnight however, the aircraft and those who have died will remain as their removal could disrupt evidence.

The undamaged aircraft has not been moved in order to preserve the scene and today items will start to be recovered from the crashed aircraft.

Once the scene is handed over for the accident investigation to begin, the cordon will still remain in place for a number of days.

A spokesman for the police said: “We appreciate this is likely to cause some disruption to the local community and will require the A149 to be closed from Salthouse to Old Woman’s Lane until possibly Monday.

“We urge the public and members of the media to understand the situation and to have sympathy with the needs of the families of the deceased. This includes respecting the cordons and no fly zones that are in place.”