U.S. Air Force pilot killed in North Sea crash ID'd as recent AFA graduate
The Air Force Academy is grieving the loss of a young pilot, who crashed during a routine flight in the North Sea Monday.
The 48th Fighter Wing identified the pilot Tuesday as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen. Allen was a recent graduate of the academy and is survived by his wife and parents.
"Please join us in grieving this great loss to our Air Force and graduate community. A toast," the Air Force Academy tweeted Tuesday.
Allen was piloting a F-15C Eagle during a training mission from RAF Lakenheath when he crashed at 9:40 a.m. The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear.
Coast guard officials said in a statement that they received reports the plane went down 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire coast.
Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force base that hosts the U.S. Air Force's 48th Fighter Wing, known as the Liberty Wing. The base is about 80 miles northeast of London. Allen had been stationed there since February.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron. The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness,” said Col Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander.