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F-15 Crashes Near School, Homes in England; Pilot Ejects Safely

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 04:26 PM

A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashed Wednesday during a combat training exercise near homes and a school in Lincolnshire, England.

The F-15 pilot ejected and sustained minor injuries, the BBC reported. He was transported by helicopter to the Air Force base.

The jet was from the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

"From the point he ejected to where the plane came down is probably a mile. That jet has continued flying with no-one in it,” Witness Janet Prescott told the BBC. "It could have hit any one of a number of houses. Thank God it didn't."

Part of the jet’s wing landed in a field about 400 yards from Weston Hills Church of England Primary School.

Shaun Gough, whose daughters attend the school, told the BBC: "I was watching when it came down back end first, and when you're standing watching it come down close to your daughters' school it's pretty horrendous," he said. "When my wife went to the school to pick up my daughter she said the black smoke was blowing across the car park and into the school.”

Roads were closed and residents were urged to keep their windows closed to avoid potentially dangerous fumes from the burning jet, the Lincolnshire Police said in a statement.



The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The base posted updates on Twitter.







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