Pilot of US Air Force jet that crashed in North Sea is dead
LONDON (AP) - The pilot of a fighter plane that crashed into the North Sea off the coast of Northern England was found dead, the U.S. Air Force said on Monday.
In a statement hours after the crash, it said: "The pilot of the crashed F-15C Eagle from the 48th fighter wing was found and confirmed to be deceased."
It said this was a "tragic loss" for the 48th Fighter Wing community and expressed condolences to the pilot's family.
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The pilot's name will not be published until all notifications from the next of kin are available.
Previously, rescuers had found the wreck of the jet that was on a RAF Lakenheath routine training mission when it crashed at 9:40 a.m. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
The British Coast Guard localized wreckage of the crashed fighter and restoration efforts have been made, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.
Coast Guard officials said in a statement that they had received reports that the plane crashed 74 nautical miles from Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire coast.
A helicopter and lifeboats were deployed.
"Other nearby ships go to the area," the Coast Guard said in a statement.
Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force base that houses the U.S. Air Force's 48th fighter wing, known as the Liberty Wing. The base is about 130 kilometers northeast of London.
The wing has more than 4,500 active military personnel.
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