UPDATE: USAF F-15C Eagle Pilot’s Body Recovered After Crashing in North Sea

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron conducts a high-speed pass over Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on March 25, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

The search for the pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom that crashed in the North Sea yesterday morning is over. The pilot on board has been found deceased.

A major search and rescue mission was initiated in search of the pilot where the plane crashed 74 miles off the coast of Yorkshire. U.K. Search and Rescue had been called to support. The cause of the crash is undetermined.

“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,” Col. William L. Marshall, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing said during a video conference.

The name of the pilot is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.The cause of the crash is undetermined.  

Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force base that hosts the U.S. Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing, known as the Liberty Wing. The base is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of London.

 

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