Helicopter Crash Kills 4 Air Force Members
Pave Hawk goes down in Britain during training
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Undated image made available by the US Air Force of Pave Hawk helicopter, the type that crashed.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – A US Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter has crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England during a training mission, killing all four crew members aboard, officials said. The helicopter crashed about 6pm local time near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast. The aircraft was based at the nearby Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath, Suffolk County, which hosts USAF units and personnel. In Washington, a US defense official said the accident killed the four US Air Force crew members aboard.

Pave Hawks—a modified version of the better-known Black Hawks—are often used for combat search and rescue missions, mainly to recover downed air crew members or other personnel during war and other hostile situations. They typically practice flying low and fast, often at altitudes of hundreds, rather than thousands, of feet.

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Jan 8, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Why do we have USAF bases in England? How much do they cost? What is their urgent mission? And what benefit do they provide the US taxpayer? Close every European base now. It is such a huge waste of money, resources and people. There is no justification. It is only to project our IMPERIAL might. The Pentagon must be compelled to face reality. We don't need 2/3's of the shit in the DoD. Blow me Rambo.
Lara Stweart
Jan 8, 2014 1:36 AM CST
so sad, here video of crash Helicopter Crash Kills 4 US Service Members http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h70caop9dFQ&feature=youtu.be
Jan 7, 2014 9:42 PM CST
May God bless them. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones. So sad.