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US Jet Pilot Named After Body Found Off Yorkshire Coast

US Jet Pilot Named After Body Found Off Yorkshire Coast

Published by Jon Burke at 12:00pm 16th June 2020. (Updated at 12:09pm 16th June 2020)

The pilot who died yesterday, after a US  fighter jet crashed into the sea off the Yorkshire coast, has been named.

The F-15 was one of four aircraft involved in a training flight 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head, when it went into the sea at 9.40am.

Royal Air Force Lakenheath has released this statement:

"With next of kin notifications complete, we can confirm that the pilot killed in yesterday’s F-15C Eagle crash was 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

Allen first arrived at the 48th Fighter Wing in Feb. 2020, and is survived by his wife and parents.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron. The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness,” said Col Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander."

A major operation, led by the Coastguard and assisted by lifeboats from Bridlington and Scarborough, identified the wreckage of the plane late yesterday afternoon and the body of Lt. Allen in the evening.

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