Illustration of an F15 fighter plane. - AFP
The pilot of a United Kingdom-based F-15 fighter jet that crashed in the North Sea on Monday during a "routine training mission" has died, the American army. "The pilot of the F-15C Eagle of the 48th Fighter Wing has been located and his death is confirmed," the army said in a statement. The name of the pilot will not be published until relatives are informed. "
The carcass of the aircraft was located by the Coast Guard earlier today and searches continued to locate the pilot. The aircraft crashed at 9:09 a.m. local time (8:40 a.m. GMT), according to the U.S. military.
The cause of the crash is not known "at this stage"
"At the time of the accident, the aircraft was carrying out a routine training mission with a pilot on board," it was stated in the initial press release, which stated that the cause of the crash was not known. Stadium ".
The aircraft is an F-15C Eagle based at the British base at Lakenheath in Suffolk in the east of England. In October 2015, a US Air Force F-18 based at this site crashed into a nearby agricultural area, resulting in the death of the pilot. A year earlier, an F-15 had crashed in a field in eastern England, with no casualties.
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