U.S. Air Force Helicopter Crashes In England, Four Crew Members Dead

An American military helicopter went down on the north coast of England Tuesday evening, four crew members are reported dead.

The wreckage of a US Military Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter lies on the ground in Salthouse, England, Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014, after the helicopter crashed late Tuesday killing all four crew members aboard. AP Photo/PA, Chris Radburn

Four U.S Air Force crew members were killed Tuesday when a military helicopter in Britain crashed on Tuesday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to the Associated Press.

The helicopter that crashed was a HH-60G Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, a U.S. Air Force spokesman told BBC News.

The Pave Hawk is a twin turboshaft helicopter and is the Air Force’s version of the Black Hawk.

Local photographer Brian Egan captured this video of emergency teams coordinating a search of the crash site after the helicopter went down.

Brian Egan / Via twitpic.com

UPDATE: Family members confirm that Pittsburgh-area native Capt. Sean Ruane, 31, is one of the victims killed in the crash, WTAE reports.


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