US pilot dies in F-18 jet crash near British RAF base

F-18 military aircraft crashes into farmland near US military base RAF in Lakenheath, England

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Oct 22, 2015

A US military jet crashed near the British RAF Lakenheath, killing an American pilot on Wednesday, the US Embassy has confirmed.

"We can confirm that the aircraft was a military aircraft," a police spokesman said.

The  Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet fighter jet that belonged to Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 232 left RAF Lakenheath ​Base in Suffolk, Senior Airman Amanda Sampson added.


The pilot was reportedly the only passenger on the jet. According to Sky news, the jet was facing refueling problems . Thus, such information has not been confirmed yet.

"We don't know at this time if the pilot ejected from the aircraft.  It is a one-seater aircraft so no one else was in it," a US Marine Corps spokeswoman said.

Emergency services are in the crash scene while the US embassy in London stated that the incident is under investigation from the Air Force.

Cambridge news online has shared pictures from the scene on its Twitter account.

Earlier this year, the US announced it was planning to close a US base in Mildenhall, Suffolk to cut down on expenses.

TRTWorld and agencies