US military aircraft crashes into North Sea off the Yorkshire coast

A US Air Force fighter plane has crashed into the North Sea while on an exercise today.

Early reports suggest the crash happened off Flamborough Head, near Bridlington.

The aircraft is a F-15C Eagle that had been flying in a formation drill.

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The Coastguard and search and rescue teams are now at the scene to look for the pilot. RNLI lifeboat crews from Bridlington and Scarborough are thought to have joined the operation.

The crash happened off Flamborough Head this morningThe crash happened off Flamborough Head this morning
The crash happened off Flamborough Head this morning

The aircraft came down at around 9.40am this morning and is based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, where it is part of 48th Fighter Wing.

One pilot was on board and the exercise was a routine one.

48th Fighter Wing released a statement confirming the crash.

The 48th Fighter Wing is the US Air Force's only F-15 fighter wing based in Europe. Almost 6,000 military personnel are attached to the unit.


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