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Pilot killed in fighter jet crash

Updated: Monday 15th June 2020 at 18:15

Pilot killed in fighter jet crash

A US Air Force pilot has been killed after a fighter jet crashed into the North Sea earlier today.

The F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath crashed at approximately 0940 today, Monday 15th June, whilst on a training mission.

In a statement RAF Lakenheath announced that the pilot has been located and sadly confirmed deceased, he has since been named as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

Col Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

"The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness"

The cause of the crash is currently unknown and is thought to happened 74 nautical miles off the East Yorkshire coast.

 

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