Fighter Jet Pilot Of The Downed USAF F-15C Found Dead In The North Sea Crash

The pilot of the US Air Force F-15 fighter jet which was crashed into the North Sea has been found dead by the search and rescue team.



The F-15C Eagle, from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, crashed shortly after 09:40 BST. The fighter jet was on a training mission.


The aircraft was part of a formation of four F-15 from RAF Lakenheat. Another F-15 which was taking part in the formation also made an emergency landing shortly.

Emergency comms were heard on 282.8 a known koint/combined on the screen voice and DF SAR frequency used throughout NATO.




The cause of the crash is currently unknown but the US Air Force confirmed only one pilot was on board the fighter jet.

Earlier, the status of the pilot was unknown, but later the remains of the deceased pilot of was found by the search and rescue team.




The wing commander Col. Will Marshall said in a video posted online that the pilot had died. He also said that the pilot's name would not be release until after the next kin had been notified.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle has been located, and confirmed deceased," said Marshall.




"This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community and our deepest condolences go out to the pilot's family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron."

The 48th Fighter Wing shared an image of three jets in flight on Monday evening.



The wreckage of the fighter jet was found earlier 74 nautical miles off the East Yorkshire coast.

A massive Search and Rescue operation was carried out to find out the remains, wreckage of the fighter jet. Three KC-135 Stratotankers, Dassault Falcon 20 and SAR helicopter were also deployed to the rescue of the pilot flying the Eagle that crashed.

Along with this, a NATO E-3 AWACS was also deployed to support the rescue operation circling to the northeast of the crash site.




The F-15C fighter is a single-seater air defence fighter that has been used by the United States Air Force since 1979.

Whereas, RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force-operated base in the U.K. and home to its only F-15 fighter wing in Europe. More than 4,000 US service men and women are stationed there.




US Ambassador to the U.K. Woody Johnson shared his condolences on twitter saying:

"It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the loss of our Airman today, Our thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and U.S. forces in the U.K."

Footage Cr: RAF Lakenheath , US AIR Force.

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