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Four missing as Navy helicopter crashes into sea
By Richard Alleyne
A Royal Navy helicopter with four crew on board crashed off Cornwall last night, the Ministry of Defence said.
Navy Lynx helicopter similar to the one that crashed
The helicopter, based at Yeovilton, Somerset, had been searching for a sailor reported to have fallen overboard from a Navy warship.
But contact with the Lynx was lost when it was 15 miles south-east of the Lizard peninsula.
Two Navy helicopters, an RAF helicopter and a Falcon aircraft of the French air force were scrambled to search for the machine and its crew.
A lifeboat was also launched from Falmouth and three warships, including the aircraft carrier Illustrious, joined the operation.
Royal Navy spokesman Commander John Parris said that no SOS call had been made from the stricken aircraft before it disappeared from radar.
Crash locator graphic
A spokesman for RAF Kinloss, which co-ordinates search and rescue operations, said: "Just after 7pm, we lost contact with the Lynx and ordered a major search.
"The helicopter had been investigating reports of a man overboard but it has since been established that two frigates in the area, the Montrose and the St Albans, did not have anyone overboard."
"It is a little bit of a mystery at this stage," he added.
The Lynx was fitted with a location beacon designed to begin transmitting if it crashed. The lifejackets of the crew were fitted with similar devices.
The helicopters searching for them are fitted with infra-red equipment to enable rescue operations to continue in the night.
Asked about the chances of finding the four crew alive, the RAF Kinloss spokesman said: "It's relatively warm for the time of year. The sea state is relatively calm.
"What we don't know is whether they were able to control their landing on the water or whether it was something that happened very quickly."
The families of the crews were told of the crash late last night. They are all believed to live in the Yeovilton area.
The Lynx is one of the stalwarts of the British military, but it also has a record of tragic accidents. Last night's crash joins a list of incidents involving 15 Lynx that have gone down in as many years.
Primarily an attack helicopter, the multi-role high-speed aircraft can operate as easily from Navy ships as from land.
The worst Lynx tragedy happened in May 1989, when nine servicemen were killed after their helicopter crashed near Mombasa, Kenya, while carrying men on shore leave.