Pilot killed in US military jet crash in North Sea named

RAF Lakenheath name pilot killed in jet crash Credit: PA

A pilot who was killed after the US military plane he was in crashed off the coast of East Yorkshire has been named as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

RAF Lakenheath has informed the pilot's family.

1st Lt Kenneth Allen first arrived at the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk in February this year. He was on a routine training mission when his jet crashed into the sea off the coast of Flamborough Head on Monday 15 June.

In a statement, Col Will Marshall, paid tribute to his colleague:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron. The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness,”

Col Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander

A major search operation was launched after the F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea at around 9.40am.

HM Coastguard said on Monday morning it had received reports that an aircraft went into the sea 74 miles off the coast of Flamborough Head.

A Humberside based HM Coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene alongside RNLI lifeboats from Bridlington and Scarborough.

WATCH: The RNLI Lifeboat at Bridlington East Yorkshire returns after 12 hour search at sea.

The Coastguard also sent a Mayday broadcast, to alert other nearby vessels to the incident.

On Monday afternoon teams began recovery efforts after discovering the wreckage of the plane.