An USAF F-15C Eagle fighter on June 15 crashed in the North Sea, off the coast of Yorkshire (northern England).

F-15 fighter jets of the US Air Force's 48th squadron participated in training on the morning of June 15.
F-15 fighter jets of the US Air Force’s 48th squadron participated in training on the morning of June 15.

Sky News reported that the crashed F-15C Eagle fighter belonged to the US Air Force’s 48th Squadron, stationed at Lakenheath base in Suffolk county (eastern England).

Relevant officials have deployed forces to search for the pilot. The moment the plane crashed on the morning of June 15 (local time), there was only one pilot on the plane, according to the US Air Force.

“At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board,” according to the US Air Force announcement. The cause of the crash as well as the pilot’s condition is unknown. Search and rescue forces have been dispatched to the scene.

A helicopter was dispatched to search for the US pilot along the North Sea area, according to Sky News.

The US Air Force has been using the base at Lakenheath since 1948.

F-15 Eagle is a two-engine, 1 or 2-seat fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), produced in the 1970s to compete and gain air superiority with MiG-25 of the Soviet Union.

F-15 has a maximum speed of 2,600 km/h, a service ceiling of 20 km, a range of nearly 5,500 km, a combat radius of about 2,000 km. Weapon load carrying up to 8 tons (mounted under the wings and fuselage).

The Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 fighter jet crashed in a residential area in Riau province on June 15.
The Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 fighter jet crashed in a residential area in Riau province on June 15.

On the same day, an Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 fighter crashed in the northern province of Riau. The cause is unknown but the pilot parachuted.

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