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Airmen’s identities released following fatal USAF helicopter crash

Posted 1/8/2014   Updated 1/8/2014 Email story   Print story

    


by 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

1/8/2014 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Capt. Christopher S. Stover, Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews, and SSgt Afton M. Ponce were the HH-60G aircrew members killed in a crash on the Norfolk coast Tuesday evening.

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter carries a four-person aircrew - a pilot, co-pilot, and two special mission aviators who are qualified as both gunners and flight engineers. On this particular mission, Stover and Ruane were the pilots, and Mathews and Ponce were the special mission aviators.

"We continue to think of the loved ones who are experiencing such a tragic, sudden loss," said Col. Kyle Robinson, 48th Fighter Wing commander. "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 currently under investigation, and more details will be released as they become available.

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1/11/2014 12:23:43 PM ET
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families friends and colleagues of the four brave servicemen who lost their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at the base and at home in USA.
Nina, Sco Ruston Norfolk
 
1/10/2014 1:23:04 PM ET
My condolences to the families friends and comrades in arms of the aircrew from the Pave Hawk tragic accident. We are always appreciated of your continued support to the UK armed forces and community. Ex-UK Gulf War 1 Vet
Steve, Spain
 
1/10/2014 9:51:38 AM ET
SO SAD THIS LOSS OF PEOPLE SO BRAVE ALWAYS READY TO SERVE WHEN THE CALL COMES NO MATTER WEATHER MILITARY OR CIVILIAN ALWAYS READY TO GIVE ALL TO HELP OTHERS WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU .MAY YOU REST IN PEACE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFEGOD BLESS.
NIGEL LLOYD, FELTWELL
 
1/10/2014 8:41:36 AM ET
My condolences to their families and to all who knew them. R.I.P. and thank you for your service.
Robin Castro, Houston TX
 
1/10/2014 6:10:43 AM ET
I wish to pass my condolences to the US Serviceman who died in this tragic accident. Always this country will be in gratitude to our allies from the USA.
Jake Stevenson, Rugby UK
 
1/9/2014 7:27:00 PM ET
We are all sad at the loss of the crew who like yourselves fight for the freedom to live in a peacefull world we would like to give our deepest sympathys to everyone who has felt loss. God bless America
Jon sharpe, Milton Keynes
 
1/9/2014 2:38:21 PM ET
We wish to express our deepest sympathy for the helicopter crew's family ground crew colleagues and friends.Our hearts and thoughts are with you all involved at Lakenheath.Ken and Sue
Ken and Sue Smith, HOLBEACH LINCS.
 
1/9/2014 8:41:17 AM ET
Heartfelt sympathy to all our American family at RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath. Prayers for you all but especially to the family and friends to those somsadly lost. God bless.
Janine Lawrence, Mildenhall Suffolk
 
1/8/2014 6:51:56 PM ET
So sad to here of the loss of airmen in the Helicopter crash in Norfolk. It grieves me to think what the families are going through.I served in the RAF at Coltishall in 1967-68 and recall a crash at Holt that I went to 19th August 1968.Tell them there are people who do care.
Michael Sweetmore, BuxtonDerbyshire
 
1/8/2014 3:01:05 PM ET
Heartfelt sympathies are extended to families...
Bryan Perdue, Scott AFB
 
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