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Mystery Helicopter Crash Kills 4 at Navy SEALs Training Grounds Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 07:52 PM

During the Obama administration, many US Navy SEALls have died under mysterious circumstances. In the latest incident, four were killed in a routine helicopter mission near Norfolk, Virginia.

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Four people were killed when USAF Pave-Hawk helicopter crashed on a routine low fly training mission on the north Norfolk coast, police have said.  The helicopter is an HH-60G Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, a spokesman for the USAF confirmed."

Although news reports do not cite the helicopter crash as US Navy SEALs related, a quick Google search provides some clues. The official U.S. Navy Website discloses that Norfolk is the site of a SEALs duty base. Additionally, About.com, notes that the USAF Pave-Hawk helicopter was specifically designed for the Navy SEALs in their training missions.

As reported by the Daily Telegraph, "The helicopter crashed in a bird sanctuary raising suggestions that it could have been brought down by a bird strike – a regular hazard for aircraft.  Emergency services are at the scene in the Cley area with a 1,200ft (400m) area cordoned off."

The Pentagon claims that the helicopter was downed by a bird.

To read the entire article from the Daily Telegraph of London, link here:  To learn more about US Navy Seals Duty Stations, link here:  To learn more about the USAF Pave-Hawk helicopter, link here:

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written by Kris , January 08, 2014

Terrible photo to include with this story.


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written by J Martin , January 08, 2014

How about doing even the slightest amount of research before you write something like this? A not-so-quick Google search would reveal that Lakenheath is in England, several thousand miles away from the SEAL training base in Norfolk, Virginia. Several aspects of your own article (the fact that it's reported by a London newspaper, the fact that Lakenheath is a ROYAL, not US, Air Force Base) would indicate even to a moderately educated reader that the accident in question probably occured in England. It's disappointing that your headline is so incorrect.


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written by David Sigmon USN(SEAL/FPJ/SS/DV)retired , January 09, 2014

Tom McGregor needs to brush up on his BASIC geography before he puts pen to paper, or finger to keyboard again. Norfolk in England is far from Norfolk, Virginia where U.S. Navy SEALs play in the water. One of the first lessons taught during BUD/S training is attention to detail. Too bad Tom slept through that class during journalism school.



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