This is an updated version of the original post.

The US Air Force has confirmed that an F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea around 9.40 am this morning.  It came down near Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire, south of the town of Scarborough.

A major operation was been launched to search for the single pilot on board and the pilot was found deceased during the late afternoon. Out of respect for the family, the name of the pilot will not be released until all next-of-kin has been notified by the squadron leader.

F-15 48th Fighter Wing USAF c. Flickr Commons

The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. In a statement the US Air Force said that when the accident happened the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board.

Three US Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers,  the HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside and the Bridlington and Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were all involved in the search for the pilot. It is not clear at this point who found the deceased pilot.

The cause of the crash is not known at this point and out condolances goes out to the family and friends of the pilot.

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