Pilot Dies When F-18 Crashes Near U.S. Base in England

An F-18 fighter jet crashed Wednesday after taking off from a U.S. Air Force base in England, killing the pilot, a spokeswoman from Cambridgeshire Police confirmed to NBC News.

The plane crashed after leaving from RAF Lakenheath, around 70 miles northeast of London, according to Senior Airman Amanda Sampson, a spokeswoman at the base. Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, NBC News reports.

The plane was an F-18C Hornet from Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 232 based in the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, the Marine Corps said in a statement Wednesday.

Cambridgeshire Police said the pilot was killed and appears to have been the only person on board.

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