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Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

  1. End of updates for the day

    That's all for our rolling updates on this story for today.

    We will, however, be continuing to update the below article as we have more developments:

    Pilot's body found after North Sea US jet crash

  2. Full statement from the US Air Force

    "The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased," said a spokesperson.

    "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."

  3. BreakingPilot found and ‘confirmed deceased’

    The pilot of the F-15C Eagle which crashed in the North Sea has been located, "and confirmed deceased", a spokesperson for RAF Lakenheath has said.

  4. Shadow Defence Secretary hopes pilot is found 'swiftly and safely'

    John Healey, the Shadow Defence Secretary and a Labour MP in South Yorkshire has tweeted: "We hope the pilot is found swiftly and safely, and our thoughts are with the pilot’s family, friends and all at RAF Lakenheath.

    "Thanks to the coastguard for their efforts."

    RAF Lakenheath

    The RAF have also tweeted: "Our thoughts are with US Air Force and all at RAF Lakenheath."

  5. West Suffolk Hospital 'standing in solidarity' with RAF Lakenheath

    The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the general hospital in Bury St Edmunds, about 15 miles from RAF Lakenheath, has tweeted its support for the local USAF community.

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  6. Coastguard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats involved in pilot search

    The coastguard says it is continuing to coordinate searches off Flamborough Head

    A coastguard helicopter is working with other aircraft in the area, while the RNLI lifeboats from Bridlington and Scarborough continue to assist with the search along with other vessels.

    Earlier, wreckage from the F-15C was found but the pilot has yet to be located.

  7. RAF Lakenheath: In pictures

    The F-15C which crashed today was from the 48th Fighter Wing which is based at RAF Lakenheath.

    RAF Lakenheath

    The 48th Fighter Wing has operated from there since 1960 and has more than 4,500 active-duty military members.


    Jets were seen taking off and landing from the base throughout the day.

    Flamborough Head

    Search and rescue teams have located the aircraft but are still searching for the pilot 74 nautical miles off the Flamborough Head on the East Yorkshire coast.

  8. Search continues for pilot

    Jonathan Beale

    BBC defence correspondent

    When a fast jet pilots ejects from an aircraft that normally activates a personal location beacon attached to the life jacket.

    It's still not known whether the pilot managed to eject.

  9. BreakingAircraft wreckage found

    Jonathan Beale

    BBC defence correspondent

    Search and rescue teams have found aircraft wreckage close to the reported crash site of the US Air Force jet that crashed this morning.

    But they are still continuing the search for the pilot.

  10. What the national papers are saying

    • Fire engines were seen on the runway at lunchtime as they waited for the other planes to return from the mission. One of the planes was later seen landing, reportedly with a cracked canopy, according to The Daily Telegraph
    • The Daily Mail says the aircraft had been taking part in a four-jet formation off Flamborough Head, near Bridlington, before it hit the water
    • People have sent well wishes on Twitter the Wing amid news of the crash this morning, reports the Daily Mirror
  11. 'The search and rescue mission is ongoing'

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    Video caption: RAF Lakenheath: 'The search and rescue mission is ongoing'

    BBC Look East's Richard Daniel reports live from RAF Lakenheath on the search for a US fighter pilot.

  12. At least 10 vessels searching for pilot

    Paul Murphy

    BBC Look North

    A marine traffic app shows at least 10 vessels in search and rescue mode searching around the crash region.

    Flamborough Head
    Image caption: The plane cashed 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head on the East Yorkshire Coast

    One is a Siemens offshore accommodation ship based Grimsby and the search area is roughly 25 sq miles.

  13. Latest from Yorkshire coast after fighter jet crash

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    Video caption: RAF Lakenheath: Latest from Yorkshire coast after fighter jet crash

    BBC Look North reporter Caroline Bilton updates us from Flamborough Head, by the North Sea.

  14. What do we know so far?

    • A US F-15 fighter jet crashed into the North Sea at 09:30 BST. Its pilot - the only person aboard - is missing
    • A search and rescue operation is under way with support from the RNLI at the site of the crash, 74 nautical miles (137km) from the coast of East Yorkshire
    • The jet from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk was one of four on a "routine training mission"
  15. 'We remain hopeful our airman will be recovered'

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    Video caption: RAF Lakenheath: 'We remain hopeful our airman will be recovered'

    Col Will Marshall said he remained efforts to locate the pilot were ongoing.

  16. What the local newspapers are reporting:

  17. Jets had performed at D-Day anniversary

    Earlier this month, the F-15s based at RAF Lakenheath had been part of a display to mark the 76th anniversary of D-Day.

    This post on the 48th Fighter Wing's Instagram page shows four jets performing a "missing man formation" over the beaches of Normandy.

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    The 48th Fighter Wing also performed the missing man formation as part of a flypast for the 75th anniversary of the Mi Amigo US bomber crash in Sheffield.

  18. What is an F-15?

    On its website, the US Air Force says the F-15 Eagle - the type of jet which has crashed in the North Sea - is an "all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield".

    • It has a wingspan of 42.8 feet (13 meters) and is 63.8 feet (19.44 meters) in length. They stand 18.5 feet (5.6 meters) high
    • The jet can reach a speed of up to 1,875mph (Mach 2 class) and fly up to an altitude of 65,000 feet (19,812 meters)
    • Fully fuelled, the fighter has a range of 3,450 miles (3,000 nautical miles). For scale, the distance from London to New York City is 3,459 miles
    • The F-15C model which crashed can carry one crew member, but other models can carry two

    This YouTube footage celebrates some "great sounding" F-15 jets at the US base.

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