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Airman found dead at Norfolk RAF base

RAF Feltwell, near Thetford. Credit: Google Street View.

A US airman has been found dead at a base in Norfolk.

A spokesman for the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath, said the serviceman was found "unconscious in their work space" at RAF Feltwell, near Thetford.

They have been named as Staff Sgt Ivone Rios, a cyber transport systems maintainer.

Emergency crews tried to revive the airman but were unable. The US Airforce said the cause of death was unknown but an investigation was being carried out.

"On behalf of the Liberty Wing, we offer our deepest condolences to Staff Sgt. Rios’ family and friends during this difficult time."

– US Airforce spokesman.

American warplanes fly night missions

F15 aircraft at Lakenheath Credit: ITV News Anglia

American warplanes based at Lakenheath in Suffolk will be taking part in night training missions between May 19th and May 22nd.

Aircraft will be in the air until midnight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Senior officers say the night operations are required to maintain aircrew proficiency and ensure pilots remain ready to meet future challenges.

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Security alert at US airbase

American military personnel have been evacuated from part of the Lakenheath airbase in Suffolk after a suspicious car was found near an entrance.

The A1065 has been closed while explosives experts check the vehicle.

Lakenheath is home to the USAF's 48 Fighter Wing which fly F15 warplanes.