US fighter jet crashes into North Sea during training exercise off coast of England

An F-15C eagle, which is assigned to the 48th fighter wing, fell into the North Sea (PA).
A pilot is missing after an American fighter jet crashes into the North Sea during a training exercise off the north east coast of England.
The U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle from the 48th fighter wing of RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk crashed at around 9.40 a.m. on Monday with a pilot on board.
A search and rescue operation is underway to find the missing U.S. Air Force pilot.
The 48th fighter wing said in a statement: “At the time of the accident, the plane was on a routine training mission with a pilot on board.
"The cause of the crash and the status of the pilot are currently unknown, and UK Search and Rescue has been called in to assist."
The F15C, a single-seat air defense fighter, is a jet model that has been used by the U.S. Air Force since 1979.
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RAF spokesman Martin Tinworth said the aircraft had an "exceptional aviation safety record".
HM Coastguard said in a statement that it had received reports of an aircraft "plunging 74 nautical miles from Flamborough Head" on the Yorkshire coast.
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"The Humberside HM Coastguard helicopter was dispatched along with the Bridlington and Scarborough RNLI lifeboats," a spokesman said.
"According to a Mayday program from HM Coastguard, other ships are sailing nearby."
The Monday before, RAF Lakenheath tweeted a picture of three fighter jets in the sky.
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The US Air Force said the pilot is still missing.
In a video statement, Colonel Will Marshall, commander of RAF Lakenheath's 48th fighter wing, said the cause of the crash was "unknown" and added: "Search and rescue efforts are ongoing, but the pilot of the aircraft is still missing.
Colonel Will Marshall, commander of RAF Lakenheath's 48th fighter wing, made a statement Monday after the crash (PA).
"We will provide updates as they become available, prioritizing respect and consideration for the pilot's family."
He said they remained confident that the pilot would be found.
RAF Lakenheath is "the largest US Air Force base in England and the only US Air Force F15 fighter wing in Europe," its website said.
The 48th fighter wing, which has been operating from the base since 1960, has more than 4,500 "active military personnel".
The US fighter plane that crashed into the North Sea was in the RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk (PA).
Its mission is to "provide responsive air power and combat support worldwide."
In October 2014, an RAF Lakenheath F15D fighter plane crashed on fields near Spalding in Lincolnshire.
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The pilot let out safely and suffered only minor injuries. No one on the ground was injured.
An investigation by the US Air Force found that the crash was caused by the "angle of attack" of the aircraft and "imperfections" in the assembly of the nose cap of the jet.
In October 2015, U.S. pilot Major Taj Sareen died when his F-18 Hornet jet crashed on farmland near RAF Lakenheath.
A subsequent investigation showed that the 34-year-old had reported no problems with his plane before takeoff.

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