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Memorials held for plane victims

Investigators have now finished their search of the crash scene

Prayers and tributes were said at churches across Wiltshire on Sunday for the men who died in an air force plane crash a week ago.

The Hercules from RAF Lyneham came down in Iraq last Sunday killing all 10 servicemen on board.

St Michael and All Angels church at Lyneham was packed with people paying their respects to those who died at a special service.

There have also been calls for a memorial plaque at the church.

Family and friends have paid tribute and opened a book of condolence in memory of Sgt Robert O'Connor, an engineering technician with the RAF from Fazeley in Tamworth.

The transport plane was said by officials to be on a routine flight from Baghdad to the massive US base at Balad.

'Full circumstances

There has been speculation that the plane might have been the victim of "hostile action".

Investigators examining the site where the RAF Hercules crashed have now finished their search.

But the MoD said on Thursday it was "continuing to investigate the full circumstances" of the incident.

The Lyneham crew members were Flt Lt David Stead, 35, Flt Lt Andrew Smith, 25, Flt Lt Paul Pardoel, 35, Master Engineer Gary Nicholson, 42, Chief Technician Richard Brown, 40, Flt Sgt Mark Gibson, 34, and Sgt Robert O'Connor, 38. Cpl David Williams, 37, was also from Lyneham and also on board.

The ninth RAF man on board, Sqn Ldr Patrick Marshall, 39, was from Strike Command Headquarters, at RAF High Wycombe.

Acting L/Cpl Steven Jones, 25, was a soldier serving with the Royal Signals and was a crew member on the Hercules.

Before an aircraft carries them back to the UK, troops will hold a service on the tarmac at Basra International Airport.

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