A US Air Force Boeing F-15C crashed into the North Sea this morning around 0840Z. The aircraft, serial 86-0176 was operating from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk and belonged to the 48th Fighter Wing. It was the fifth-youngest F-15C in the USAF inventory.
It is currently believed that the search for the pilot is ongoing, with rescue teams continuing to search.
HM Coastguard, who coordinate all maritime search and rescue operations within the UK SRR stated;
“The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside has been sent along with Bridlington and Scarborough RNLI lifeboats. Following a Mayday broadcast by HM Coastguard, other vessels nearby are heading to the area.”
Information obtained by Talking Aero seems to indicate the aircraft was flying formation drills with the Royal Air Force at the time of the crash.
According to the radar data obtained by Talking Aero it appeared that at least three USAF KC-135 Stratotankers, two RAF Voyagers, and a NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS were also taking part in the rescue operation.
The cause of the crash is currently unknown and we will have more on the story as it develops.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception