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Pilot dies after F-18 hornet crashes near RAF Lakenheath; UK police confirm
Pilot dies after F-18 hornet crashes near RAF Lakenheath, UK police confirm

Pilot dies after F-18 hornet crashes near RAF Lakenheath; UK police confirm

A US fighter jet has crashed near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, killing the pilot.

The FA-18 Hornet from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 came down a couple of miles away from the base at around 10.30am.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary confirmed officers at the scene are dealing with one fatality.

The US jet was one of six returning from combat operations in the Middle East.

There are reports the plane encountered problems with refuelling shortly before the crash, but a spokeswoman for the US Marine Corps said she could not confirm this.

She said: ‘We don’t know at this time if the pilot ejected from the aircraft. It is a one-seater aircraft so no one else was in it.’

A spokesman from the US Embassy in London said: ‘We can confirm that it was the pilot who died in the crash.’

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: ‘Emergency services are currently at the scene of a plane crash on farmland in Redmere, Ely.

‘The military aircraft which had taken off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk came down at about 10.30am this morning.

‘We can confirm one fatality and believe there was just one person on board the aircraft.’

Senior Airman Amanda Sampson, a spokeswoman at the base, confirmed the crash.

AirLive.net reported that there is a ‘very high possibility that the pilot ejected and has been heard talking to Lakenheath’.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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