US Air Force F-15 jet crashes into North Sea, search ongoing for pilot

A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashed into the North Sea off the coast of England during a routine training mission Monday and rescuers are searching for its pilot, according to reports.

The twin-engine F-15C Eagle went down about 9:40 a.m. local time near Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire, The Sun reported.

“The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Leakenheath, United Kingdom,” the Air Force said in a statement to the outlet.

“At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board,” it said.

“The cause of the crash as well as the status of the pilot are unknown at this time and UK Search and Rescue have been called to support,” the statement added.

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