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U.S. Air Force Helicopter Crashes In England

5:52 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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Michael Winter, USA TODAY

LONDON-- British police said four people are believed dead after a U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed along the eastern coast of England on Tuesday night.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk, an updated version of the Black Hawk, crashed in Cley-Next-The-Sea., in Norfolk. The helicopter was based at the Royal Air Force base at Lakenheath in Suffolk, a U.S. Air Force spokesman told the BBC.

The first rescue unit arrived at 7:53 p.m. (2:53 p.m. ET)

Initial reports indicated the four-person aircraft had crashed into the North Sea, but it later confirmed it came down over land, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution said.

A local official told the BBC he believed the helicopter had crashed in a bird reserve.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk is primarily used for search and rescue and to remove combat forces "under stressful conditions." It's also used for medical evacuation, disaster response and humanitarian assistance

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