An Air Force pilot died after a fighter plane crashed in the North Sea



The Air Force confirmed the death of an American pilot who crashed a fighter jet in the North Sea during a training exercise early Monday morning.


"This is a sad loss to the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences to the pilot family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron," Wing tweeted Monday afternoon.

"At the time of the accident, the aircraft was in a routine training session with the pilot," the Air Force said in an earlier statement on the F-15C Eagle Jet.

Previous statements indicated that the cause of the accident was unknown.

The jet was reported to have traveled from RAF Lakenheath, a Royal Air Force base in the United Kingdom, about 25 miles from Cambridge, which hosts many US service members.

In 2015, the U.K. was the site of another crash involving a Marine F-18, which flew from the same base before the crash. One person on the plane died in the accident.

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