Helicopter crash victims are named

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Four American airmen from RAF Lakenheath who died in a helicopter crash on the North Norfolk coast on Tuesday have been officially named.

Captain Christopher S Stover, Captain Sean M Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M Ponce were killed when their Pave Hawk HH-60G helicopter came down on Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Nature Reserve at around 7pm.

The crew were on a low-flying training mission at the time, with Capt Stover and Capt Ruane the pilots and Tech Sgt Mathews and SSgt Ponce the special mission aviators.

Colonel Kyle Robinson, 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 still under investigation.