U.S. Air Force pilot dead after jet crashes off U.K. coast

It currently boasts a force of about 4,500 service members.  The jet, deployed from Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath in eastern England, northeast of London, crashed at about 4:40 a.m. 48th Fighter Wing has been based at RAF Lakenheath since 1960. AP

A U.S. F-15C Eagle jet fighter in flight. U.S. #ReadyAF pic.twitter.com/QrwCrHp5bv— RAF Lakenheath (@48FighterWing) June 15, 2020

The U.S. coast

By Tucker Reals

Updated on: June 15, 2020 / 2:16 PM
/ CBS News

A file photo shows a U.S. The Coastguard said other vessels were heading to the area to help, too, after hearing the agency’s mayday call.Hours before the crash, RAF Lakenheath posted a photo to the base’s twitter account showing F-15s in flight, saying the 48th Fighter Wing was ready to “take on Monday.”
Ready to take on Monday like…#WeAreLiberty! Coastguard earlier as saying one helicopter and two lifeboats had been sent to the area, about 90 miles off the coast of East Yorkshire, to help with the search. First published on June 15, 2020 / 6:13 AM The single-seat F-15C has been used by the U.S. Air Force for more than 40 years, and more than 200 remain in active service. Eastern. 

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“At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board,” the 48th Fighter Wing said in a brief statement, adding that the cause of the crash remained unclear.BBC News quoted a spokesperson with the U.K. Air Force pilot dead after F-15C fighter jet crashes into sea off U.K. fighter jet crashed into the North Sea off the coast of England on Monday, killing the pilot, the Air Force said Monday.  In a statement hours after the crash, it said “the pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.”

It said this is a “tragic loss” for the 48th Fighter wing community and sent condolences to the pilot’s family.