LONDON — An American fighter jet crashed on Monday on a routine coaching flight off the northeast coast of England, the US Air Power mentioned.
A British search and rescue crew was serving to to seek for the one pilot who was aboard, however visibility and climate had been poor, a U.S. army official mentioned.
The jet, a U.S. Air Power F-15C Eagle, was stationed at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, a army base in Suffolk, in japanese England. It crashed within the North Sea round 9:40 a.m. because it flew in a four-plane formation drill.
“The reason for the crash in addition to the standing of the pilot are unknown presently,” the Air Power mentioned in a press release.
There was no instant indication that the pilot had made a misery name earlier than crashing, the U.S. army official mentioned. It was unclear whether or not or not the pilot had ejected.
The 48th Fighter Wing, the unit stationed at Lakenheath, is the American Air Power’s solely F-15 fighter unit in Europe. Also called the Statue of Liberty Wing, it has traditionally performed an vital function within the U.S. Air Power in Europe’s fight operations.
The unit led strikes towards targets in Libya ordered by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and deployed within the Persian Gulf conflict a number of years later.
At Lakenheath, demolition work started on plenty of buildings final 12 months to clear area for the development of a flight simulator, a upkeep unit, new hangars and storage services, the British Ministry of Protection mentioned final 12 months.
The ministry mentioned the bottom would turn into the primary everlasting worldwide web site for U.S. Air Power F-35s in Europe.
Eric Schmitt contributed reporting from Washington.