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Pilot missing after US F-15 crashes in North Sea

Two F-15C Eagles assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron fly over RAF Lakenheath, England, May 20, 2020. An F-15C from Lakenheath crashed in the North Sea, Monday, June 15, 2020, the 48th Fighter Wing said in a statement. JESSI MONTE/U.S. AIR FORCE

Search and rescue personnel are looking for the pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle that crashed in the North Sea on Monday morning, according to Stars and Stripes.

The plane, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in England, was on a routine training mission and had one pilot on board, base officials said. It went down off the coast of East Yorkshire at 9:40 a.m., local time.

The cause of the crash and the status of the pilot were not immediately known, they said.

An F-15C from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing skidded to a stop at Joint Base Andrews, Md., last month after the pilot declared an in-flight emergency. No injuries were reported.

On June 10, 2018, an F-15C from the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, crashed into the ocean south of Okinawa. The pilot ejected and was recovered by Japanese rescue forces.

The 48th FW is the only Air Force F-15 fighter wing in Europe, and consists of more than 4,500 active-duty military members.

RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, according to their website.