US F-15 fighter jet crashes into North Sea off Yorkshire Coast, search for pilot underway

US F-15 fighter jet  crashes into North Sea off Yorkshire Coast, search for pilot underway
# 15 June 2020 03:25 (UTC +04:00)

A rescue operation is under way to find the pilot of a US fighter jet which crashed into the North Sea on Monday, 15 June during a routine training mission, APA reports citing Sputnik.

A major operation is under way off the coast of North Yorkshire after the F-15 C Eagle came down near Flamborough Head, south of Scarborough.

The F-15 has been the main warhorse of the US Air Force​ since the 1980s. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle - to give it its full name - first entered service in 1976 and was heavily involved in the Gulf War in 1991. 

It has a top speed of 1,875 miles per hour and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan engines, with afterburners.

The US Air Force has had a base at RAF Lakenheath, in the east of England, since 1948.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED