US Air Force aircraft has crashed off coast of England

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US Air Force aircraft has crashed off coast of England

A search and rescue operation is underway after a US Air Force F-15 tactical fighter aircraft crashed off the coast of North East England.

A statement from from the US Air Force 48th Fighter Wing said 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 currently unknown.

It is reported to have has gone down off Flamborough Head, in east Yorkshire and Bridlington coastguard has confirmed a major operation is underway.

The statement said: “The US Air Force F-15 Eagle crashed at approximately 9.40am 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.”

Intel Air & Sea posted on Twitter that 3 KC-135s are circling the area of the North Sea around the location of where the F-15 crashed. They are also reporting two RNLI lifeboats are also heading in the direction of the crash site.

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