Pilot’s body found after North Sea US jet crash

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An F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath crashed into the North Sea on Monday

The body of a pilot has been recovered after a US Air Force fighter jet crashed into the North Sea.

The F-15C Eagle, from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, crashed shortly after 09:30 BST while on a training mission.

The wreckage of the plane, thought to have crashed 74 nautical miles off the East Yorkshire coast, was found earlier.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.

A spokeswoman for the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath said: “The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.

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Media captionRAF Lakenheath: US Air Force pilot confirmed dead off UK coast

“The name of the pilot will not be released until all next of kin notifications have been made.

“This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilot’s family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron.”

The F15C, a single-seater air defence fighter, is a model of jet that has been used by the US Air Force since 1979.

RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force-operated base in England and home to its only F-15 fighter wing in Europe.

More than 4,000 US service men and women are stationed there.

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Media captionFootage this morning from the Yorkshire coast showed fog shrouding the North Sea

The 48th Fighter Wing shared an image of three jets in flight on Monday morning.

In October 2015, US pilot Maj Taj Sareen died when his F-18 Hornet jet crashed on farmland near RAF Lakenheath.

A subsequent investigation found the 34-year-old had not reported any problems with his aircraft prior to take-off.

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