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Pilot Found Dead After F-15 Fighter Jet Crash Off Yorkshire Coast

Pilot Found Dead After F-15 Fighter Jet Crash Off Yorkshire Coast

Published by Matthew Pells at 11:08am 15th June 2020. (Updated at 7:16pm 15th June 2020)

The pilot of a US military aircraft which ditched into the North Sea off the Yorkshire Coast earlier today has been found dead.

A major operation has been underway after the F-15C Eagle fighter jet came down near Flamborough Head at around 9.40am, which the US Air Force confirmed. 

The Coastguard co-ordinated the response after receiving reports that a plane had gone down into the sea 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head.

A helicopter had been sent to the scene, along with Bridlington and Scarborough RNLI lifeboats.

The wreckage of the aircraft, which was from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, was discovered earlier and now the pilot has been found deceased.

In a follow-up tweet, RAF Lakenheath said:

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

The cause of the crash is not yet known either.

Earlier, radar tracking sites show a number of military aircraft circling an area of sea off the Yorkshire Coast.

Flamborough Radar

A number of flight restrictions were in place from 05:30 to 11:30 today over a large area of airspace along and off the Yorkshire Coast for a training exercise.

The 48th Fighter Wing had posted a photo on Twitter earlier on Monday of three jets in the air.

Sky News' defence and security correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the area where the plane came down is used by UK and US military jets for training missions.

He added that he understood there were four military jets in the air at the time of the incident.

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