Voice recorder recovered from helicopter crash site

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The voice recorder on a helicopter which crashed over Norfolk, killing its four occupants – including two Fylde Coast pilots – has been recovered.

The Agusta Westland AW139 came down in thick fog on Thursday night, minutes after taking off from an estate owned by Northern Ireland’s Lord Ballyedmond, who was also on board.

The pilots were Cpt Carl Dickerson, of Thornton, and Cpt Lee Hoyle, of Manchester, who used to run a flying school out of Blackpool Airport.

Also killed was Lord Ballyedmond’s colleague, Declan Small.

A clean-up operation was continuing at the crash site, near Beccles, on Saturday, when air investigators recovered a cockpit voice recorder, which will have captured any audio from inside the helicopter during the flight.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is recovering the crash debris before the wreckage is removed from the field on Sunday.

It is not known what caused the crash.