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US F-15 fighter jet crashes in eastern England

A US F-15 fighter jet has crashed in eastern England. British military and police say the pilot is safe.

“The pilot has been located and indications are that he is safe,” local police said, according to Reuters.

The incident involved an F-15 fighter jet from RAF Lakenheath Air Base in Suffolk, US military confirmed.

“We can confirm it is a US Air Force F-15. We can also confirm that the pilot is safe,” Capt. Carolyn Glover, a spokeswoman for the US Air Forces in Europe, told Reuters by telephone.

The plane has come down in an isolated rural area and no premises have been affected,” a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.

A cordon has been put in place and the public are advised to avoid the area as the plane is alight and the fumes may be hazardous,” he added.

Police said they had been alerted by the public that a jet had come down in a field in Lincolnshire at about 14:30 GMT.

The jet came down near Broadgate in Weston Hills, near the town of Spalding.

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