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FOUR AIRMEN KILLED - Helicopter crashes after colliding with geese

An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 56th Rescue Squadron returns to Royal Air Force Leeming after electronic warfare training at RAF Spadeadam, England, April 29, 2014. The 56th RQS spent a week at RAFs Leeming and Spadeadam training to survive, deny and defeat radar threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez/Released)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 56th Rescue Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, struck a flock of geese earlier this year, causing the helicopter to crash and kill all four crew members on board. Cost of the mishap is estimated at more than $40 million. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez/Released)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- A flock of geese caused an HH-60 Pave Hawk to crash near Cley, Norfolk, England, Jan. 7, according to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials. The crash resulted in the death of all four crew members aboard the helicopter.

The recently released accident investigation board report said the multiple bird strikes rendered the pilot and co-pilot unconscious, with at least three geese penetrating the aircraft's windscreen. According to the report, the impact with the birds also disabled the trim and flight path stabilization system.

The crew and the aircraft were assigned to the 56th Rescue Squadron, operating out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom. Cost of the mishap is estimated at more than $40 million, the report said.