Pilot of US Air Force F-15 Fighter Jet Found Dead in North Sea

The pilot of a U.S. Air Force fighter jet that crashed off the UK coast Monday morning during a training mission has been found dead, the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs confirmed in a news release.

The identity of the pilot will not be released until all next-of-kin notifications have been made, the release stated.

“This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilots family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron,” Col. William L. Marshall, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing said during a video conference.

The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.

This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilots family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron.https://t.co/GwCWFwImaS

— RAF Lakenheath (@48FighterWing) June 15, 2020

The warplane crashed at about 9:40 a.m. (4:40 a.m. ET) and prompted a major search and rescue operation to retrieve the pilot in the North Sea, off the coast of Yorkshire. UK search teams helped to retrieve the pilot of the warplane, who crashed 74 nautical miles off the East Yorkshire coast.

“We are extremely grateful for the timely response of our UK counterparts in the support of these recovery efforts,” Marshall said.

The U.S. Air Force said the type of jet was an F-15C Eagle and lift-off was from the Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath Base, northeast of London.

On the same morning as the crash, RAF Lakenheath posted a photo on Twitter showing three F-15s in flight. The caption of the post reads, “Ready to take on Monday.”

Ready to take on Monday like…#WeAreLiberty! #ReadyAF pic.twitter.com/QrwCrHp5bv

— RAF Lakenheath (@48FighterWing) Read More – Source