Pilot dies after US military aircraft crashes into North Sea
F-15 from RAF Lakenheath in the east of England crashed during a routine training mission.
LONDON — A U.S. Air Force pilot has died after a fighter jet crashed into the North Sea during a routine training mission Monday morning.
The F-15 aircraft, from the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in the east of England, crashed at around 9:30 a.m. local time, with one pilot on board.
In a tweet on Monday evening, the RAF base said the “pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle … has been located, and confirmed deceased.”
The cause of the crash is currently unknown.
Colonel Will Marshall, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, also known as the Liberty Wing, had earlier said: “We’re extremely grateful for the timely response of our U.K. counterparts in support of these recovery efforts.”