Updated at 9:10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21
A Miramar-based F/A-18C Hornet belonging to Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 232 crashed Wednesday in farmland near a Royal Air Force base in England.
The jet came down in Redmere near Ely, a rural area about 70 miles north of London.
“A military aircraft which had taken off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk came down at about 10.30 a.m,” a police spokeswoman said. “We can confirm one fatality and believe there was just one person on board the aircraft.”
Officials from Lakenheath and another nearby USAF air base at RAF Mildenhall said further details were due to be released shortly.
“Sadly, we can now confirm that the pilot of the crashed F-18 has died,” the U.S. embassy in London posted on Twitter.
Officials at Miramar said the aircraft was part of a mission returning from the Middle East, flying from Bahrain to Miramar in a group of six aircraft when it crashed approximately six miles northwest of the airfield. The remaining five aircraft safely landed at another RAF base.
Lakenheath is the largest U.S.-operated base in England with 4,500 active-duty military personnel and 2,000 British and U.S. civilians, according to its website.
City News Service and Reuters contributed to this article.
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