Police continue to lead on the enquiry on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coroner Jacqueline Lake and are being assisted by other agencies including the Ministry of Defence and US Air Force.
Today these agencies have examined the scene of the crash which has also been visited by the Coroner, to establish the safest and most respectful way of removing the deceased and the wreckage. There will be some tasks taking place during the hours of darkness however, the aircraft and those who have died will remain in situ overnight as their removal could disrupt evidence at the present time.
The undamaged aircraft will also not be moved in order to preserve the scene and tomorrow items will start to be recovered from the crashed aircraft. Once the scene is handed over for the accident investigation element to begin, the cordon will still remain in place for a number of days.
We appreciate this is likely to cause some disruption to the local community and will require the A149 to be closed from Salthouse to Old Woman’s Lane until possibly Monday.
We urge the public and members of the media to understand the situation and to have sympathy with the needs of the families of the deceased. This includes respecting the cordons and no fly zones that are in place.
Speaking from the scene, Chief Superintendent Bob Scully said: "There are a significant number of specialists involved in the investigation including, the RAF, USAF and senior investigators and crime scene investigators from Norfolk Constabulary. We are all working together to secure all the evidence necessary for us to find out what happened to the aircraft.”