Pilot dies as American F-18 crashes near US base in England

U. S. Air Force F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft is seen in this file photo from Feb. 9, 2011. Aijaz Rahi / AP File

(NBC NEWS) – A pilot was killed when a Marine Corps F-18 fighter jet crashed Wednesday after taking off from a U.S. military base in England, officials told to NBC News.

The American plane came down after leaving from RAF Lakenheath, around 70 miles northeast of London, according to Senior Airman Amanda Sampson.

A spokeswoman from Cambridgeshire Police confirmed to NBC News that the pilot was killed. She added that no one else was believed to be on board the aircraft at the time.

However, F-18s typically fly with two crew members.

The jet came down near in farmland near Ely, around 10 miles from the base. RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England.

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