A US Air Force F-15C Eagle, callsign “Chosen 4” registration number 86-0176, part of a 4 ship formation, crashed into the North Sea. The wreckage of the aircraft, and the deceased pilot, were found late afternoon.
Involved in the same training exercise as 86-0176 which previously crashed.
another U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle registration number 91-0316 declared an emergency around 11:43 am local and returned to Lakenheath, it is said that fire-engines were dispatched onto the runway to assist, the damage involver a cracked canopy.
The Details about the F-15E Strike Eagle incident are still limited. Here are details about U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle Crashed Into The North Sea, Pilot Dead:
At approximately 09.40LT, an F-15C belonging to the 493rd Fighter Squadron of the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath, UK, callsign “CHOSEN 4”, crashed into the North Sea.
The aircraft was part of 4-ship (c/s “CHOSEN 1-4”). Emergency comms were heard on 282.8 a known koint/combined on-the-scene voice and DF SAR frequency used throughout NATO.
A massive SAR (Search And Rescue) operation was launched: along with three KC-135 Stratotankers radio callsigns “QID256 – 257 – 258” refueling fighters that are circling the area, TASMAN71 (Dassault Falcon 20) and SAR helicopter (S92 G-MOGH as “RESCUE 912”) was dispatched to the rescue of the pilot flying the Eagle that crashed. A NATO E-3 AWACS (“NATO 06”) was also supporting the operation circling to the northeast of the crash site.
A British search and rescue team has found the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle, as U.S. officials announced the pilot was dead.
The Air Force announced hours after the crash, “the pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.”
The statement added that it was a “tragic loss” for the 48th Fighter wing community, sending condolences to the pilot’s family. The name of the pilot will not be released until all next-of-kin notifications have been made, officials added.
The cause of the accident is not yet known.