mercoledì 9 luglio 2014

Press Release: HH-60 Accident report has been published

HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA releases investigation results on HH-60 accident

from Staff Reports
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

7/9/2014 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --
USAFE-AFAFRICA Release Number: 071014

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman, found clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the mishap by rendering the pilot and co-pilot unconscious and disabling the trim and flight path stabilization system.

The crew and the aircraft belonged to the 56th Rescue Squadron, operating out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K.

The convening authority, USAFE-AFAFRICA Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, approved the board president's report without comments. The primary purpose of the board was to provide a publicly releasable report of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. An executive summary and full narrative of the report is available at The full report is available by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request. An electronic request may be submitted at


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