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US Air Force jet crashes in North Sea; pilot missing

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Kenneth Allen

The crash is thought to have occurred 74 nautical miles from the East Yorkshire coast, and Search and Rescue teams have begun to look for both the aircraft and the pilot. The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

Allen is survived by his wife and his parents.

Earlier in the day, Britain's coastguard said it had located the wreckage of the fighter jet that crashed during a training mission in the North Sea, but that the pilot was still missing.

The F-15C is a single-seater version of a long-established Boeing twin-engine fighter, which has been used by the US Air Force since 1979.

The crash, the cause of which is unknown, occurred at approximately 9:40 AM local time, according to the 48th Fighter Wing, which operates both F-15C/D Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles.

Kenneth Allen Courtesy Facebook
Kenneth Allen Facebook

He had been taking part in a routine training exercise with fellow pilots from RAF Lakenheath.

"Having flown with the 48th fighter wing, I know what a community it is, and I know what a blow this will be to the community in Lakenheath, military colleagues, and of course the pilot's family". This included three Air Force KC-135R tankers and two B-52 bombers, as well as an RAF Voyager tanker and Typhoon fighter jets. A subsequent investigation found that the 34-year-old failed to report problems with his aircraft before takeoff. His widow Hannah posted on Facebook to say how much she loved him.

"I'm shaking, I got a priesthood blessing and he told me Kage is so sorry".

"No words to express how shaken I am". Kage was ideal, never been treated with more love and respect in my life. "He was my absolute best friend".

"Thanks for all the messages". Kage was flawless, never been treated with more love and respect in my life.

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