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The US Air Force F-15C Eagle was on a routine training mission when it crashed at 9.40am this morning near Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire, south of Scarborough, with one pilot on board. The cause of the crash is unknown. A major investigation has been launched.
The fighter jet was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath in the UK.
Bridlington coastguard confirmed a major operation is underway.
UK Search and Rescue have been called in to support.
The status of the pilot currently remains unknown.
A statement from the 48th Fighter Wing, which is based at RAF Lakenheath, 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.
“As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided.”
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