A major search and rescue operation is ongoing in the North Sea after a US Air Force fighter jet crashed at before 10am this morning.
The wreckage was located this afternoon, with HM Coastguard coordinate the search after the military aircraft from RAF Lakenheath downed 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire.
The pilot remains missing and the search continues. The coastguard helicopter is working with other aircraft – including military – and the RNLI from Bridlington and Scarborough alongside vessels.
In a statement from the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath, they said:
“A US Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed at approximately 0940 today in the North Sea.
“The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.
“At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board.
“The cause of the crash as well as the status of the pilot are unknown at this time, and UK Search and Rescue have been called to support.”
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