UK Searches For US Fighter Jet Pilot Who Went Missing After Crash In North Sea: US Air Power stated that the the jet took off from RAF Lakenheath in England (File)
UK Searches For US Fighter Jet Pilot Who Went Missing After Crash In North Sea
The UK Coastguard launched a search and rescue operation Monday to search out the pilot of a US fighter jet that crashed throughout a routine coaching mission within the North Sea.
The US Air Force said the F-15C Eagle went down after taking off from the RAF Lakenheath base close to the city of Mildenhall in jap England.
The bottom is house to the 48th Fighter Wing, which has operated from there since 1960 and has greater than 4,500 active-duty army members.
“A US Air Power F-15C Eagle crashed at roughly 0940 (0840 GMT) at present (Monday) within the North Sea,” stated USAF Captain Miranda T. Simmons, from RAF Lakenheath.
“The reason for the crash in addition to the standing of the pilot are unknown right now, and UK Search and Rescue have been referred to as to assist.”
The Maritime and Coastguard Company stated it was coordinating the response.
“The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside has been despatched together with Bridlington and Scarborough RNLI (Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment) lifeboats,” it stated in an announcement.
“Following a Mayday broadcast by HM Coastguard, different vessels close by are heading to the world,” it stated, including that the airplane went down 74 nautical miles (137 kilometres) off the East Yorkshire coast.
Citing a flight tracker web site, Sky Information tv stated the airplane circled within the space earlier than disappearing.
Manufactured by Boeing, the single-seater F-15C entered US Air Power service in 1979, in keeping with Janes safety and defence group.
A complete of 211 of the 409 plane produced are in service at present.
Royal Air Power spokesman Martin Tinworth stated the plane has an “distinctive flight security report”.
A US F-18 fighter jet crashed close to the city of Ely, in jap England, in October 2015, killing the pilot, after taking off from RAF Lakenheath.
The earlier October, an F-15 plane from the bottom crashed right into a area however the pilot ejected safely. In January that yr, 4 airmen had been killed when a US helicopter crashed throughout a low-flying coaching train.
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