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US Air Force F-15C crashes in North Sea

F-15C over RAF Lakenheath
US Air Force file photo

A US Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the 48th Fighter Wing crashed in the North Sea in the morning hours of June 15.

Flying out of RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, 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 still unknown. UK search and rescue assets are supporting the search efforts.

The BBC has reported that aircraft wreckage had been found near where the F-15C crashed. This is yet to be confirmed by officials.

48th Fighter Wing said it would provide additional details regarding the accident as soon as they become available.


The 48th Fighter Wing has released a statement confirming that the pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle has been located, and confirmed deceased.

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 squadron’s public affairs department wrote.