48th Fighter Wing downed aircraft, pilot found deceased

One pilot was killed when their U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed at approximately 9:40 a.m (BST) June 15, in the North Sea.

The name of the deceased pilot is being withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified.

The aircraft, from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board at the time of the crash. U.K. search and rescue were called to support.

Earlier, rescuers found the wreckage of the jet that was on a routine training mission from RAF Lakenheath when it crashed at 9:40 a.m. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear. 

Britain’s coast guard located wreckage from the downed fighter, and recovery efforts were underway, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.

Coast guard officials said in a statement that they received reports the plane went down 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire coast.

(Update) The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located and confirmed deceased. The name of the pilot will not be released until all next of kin notifications have been made.

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 cause of the crash remains under investigation.

AF.mil; Lakenheath.af.mil; 11Alive.com (June 2020) 48th Fighter Wing downed aircraft, pilot found deceased; Pilot of US Air Force jet that crashed in North Sea is dead; UPDATE: 48th Fighter Wing downed pilot located