UPDATE: Marine Identified In UK Hornet Crash
At the time of the accident the jet was traveling with five other aircraft from Bahrain back to Miramar. The other aircraft safely diverted to nearby RAF Lossiemouth, according to a Marine news release.
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ORIGINAL STORY: A US Navy pilot has died in an F/A-18 jet crash close to RAF base Mildenhall in Cambridgeshire, U.K. The crash site is on farm land and local emergency crews were called at this morning at 10:30 British Standard Time. The jet took off from RAF Lakenheath.
Cambridgeshire Police confirmed the pilot, the only crew member, died. "No firefighting or rescue action was required, but they remained on scene in a support capacity," the spokeswoman said.
An amateur aviation enthusiast Roger Smith told BBC Radio that the FA-18 was one of a group of Hornet Marine Corps planes heading back to the US from the Middle East. They arrived at Lakenheath over the weekend and four of them took off this morning.
A witness who lives a few hundred yards from the crash site said, “There was a hell of a bang when it hit the ground. It shook all of the houses."
A press release with more information is expected soon and we will update this story accordingly.