First bodies moved from helicopter crash site at Cley-next-the-Sea

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The first bodies are being moved from the csite of a US Air Force helicopter crash at Cley Marshes to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The bodies are being moved by private ambulance accompanied by two police cars.

The names of the three men and one woman who died in the crash on Tuesday evening were released earlier today. The men, who were based at RAF Lakenheath, were on the HH-60G Pave Hawk when it crashed at the Noroflk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes nature reserve.

Capt Christopher Stover, Capt Sean Ruane, Tech Sgt Dale Mathews and Staff Sgt. Afton Ponce formed the four person aircrew, which consisted of a pilot, co-pilot and two special mission aviators who are qualified as both gunners and flight engineers.

On this particular mission, Stover and Ruane were the pilots, and Mathews and Ponce were the special mission aviators.

Col Kyle Robinson, the 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: “We continue to think of the loved ones who are experiencing such a tragic, sudden loss.

“The Liberty Wing feels as though it has lost members of its family, and we stand by to support one another and these Airmen’s families during this difficult time.”

The accident is currently under investigation, and more details will be released as they become available.