Fighter jet crash

A pilot has died after a US Navy FA-18 fighter jet crashed in a field shortly after take off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. The aircraft was one of six heading back to base in California from Bahrain.

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US Airforce launch investigation following fatal crash

An investigation is underway following an aircraft craft in Cambridgeshire, the US Airforce has confirmed.

A statement from 100th Air Refueling Wing said: "An incident involving a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet, which departed from RAF Lakenheath, occurred at about 11 a.m. today near Littleport, United Kingdom.

"Response efforts are under way and the incident is currently under investigation.

"More information will be released as it becomes available."


Debris from jet crash scattered widely over field

Debris from an aircraft which crashed in the Fens has been scattered widely over a field.

The US Navy FA-18 jet came down this morning after taking off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. The pilot has died.

Debris from the aircraft crash. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The crash site. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Debris is scattered over a field. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Photo captures jet shortly before Cambridgeshire crash

FA-18 Honets Red Devils. Credit: Simon Farrow

A local photographer has taken pictures of a US fighter jet taking off from RAF Lakenheath, shortly before one crashed.

An FA-18 Hornet crashed in farmland this morning, killing one person.

Simon Farrow, a local photographer, said six jets flew in on Saturday and four yesterday. It is believed they were due to depart today.

FA-18 Honets Red Devils. Credit: Simon Farrow


Emergency services at scene of US jet crash

Emergency services are at the scene of jet crash in Cambridgeshire, where one person has been confirmed dead.

The US F-18 fighter jet came down in farmland in Redmere near RAF Lakenheath.

Police cars at the scene of a jet crash. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The plane came down in farmland in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The crash happened in Redmere near Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Witness says jet 'exploded mid-air'

An eyewitness has reported seeing an explosion in the air shortly before a US Air Force jet came down in Suffolk.

The plane, thought to be an F-18 Hornet fighter jet, is believed to have come down around five miles north west of RAF Lakenheath.

The witness told ITV Anglia that they saw a pilot eject before the plane exploded in the air.

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