According to the 48th Fighter Wing, a US Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashed on Monday in the North Sea off England and the health of the pilot is unknown.
“A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed at approximately 0940 [local time] today in the North Sea. The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom,” they said. “At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board.”
The fighter jet is an aircraft from the Royal Air Force Lakenheath which is operated by the US Air Force.
In the statement, the 48th Fighter Wing also said the cause of the crash and the state of the pilot is known. UK Search and Rescue have been notified and called for support.
The UK’s Coastguard is conducting the search and rescue and has reported, “an airplane going down into the sea 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head.”
After conducting search and rescue efforts, the British coastguard located the site of the crash and the wreckage. Further efforts are still ongoing.