US F-15 fighter plane crashes in North Sea sparking desperate search for pilot

A US F-15 fighter plane has crashed in the North Sea today sparking a desperate search for the pilot.

It is unclear what caused the crash off Flamborough Head.

The US Air Force today confirmed the F-15C Eagle had crashed about 9.40am today in the North Sea.

In a statement, they said: "The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

"At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board.

"The cause of the crash as well as the status of the pilot are unknown at this time and UK Search and Rescue have been called to support."

The east Yorkshire and Bridlington coastguard has confirmed a major operation is underway.

Just this morning, RAF Lakenheath had shared photographs of three fighter jets.

They wrote in the caption: "Ready to take on Monday like… #weareliberty"

RNLI lifeboats are currently heading to the scene of the crash.

Three aircraft were also seen circling the area after a Mayday broadcast was put out by the Coastguard.

A helicopter also rushed to the site.

More to follow…

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