U.S. Navy pilot dead after F-18 crash in England

An F/A-18 Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 are underway on deployment supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations.

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said it is investigating reports of an fighter jet that crashed 5 miles from a Royal Air Force base in Suffolk, Britain.

The reported crash of an Hornet fighter jet happened about 5 miles northwest of the RAF Lakenheath air base in Suffolk, about 85 miles from London.

The plane may have been one of six fighter jets returning to the United States from Britain after seeing combat deployment in the Middle East.

At 8:35 AM this morning, the Associated Press confirmed the pilot had been killed in the crash

This is a developing story.

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