UK coastguards locate wreckage of U.S. fighter plane, pilot missing

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter is seen during NATO Baltic air policing mission takeover ceremony in Siauliai, Lithuania August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British coastguards have located the wreckage of a U.S. fighter plane that crashed off the coast of northeast England on Monday but the pilot is still missing, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.

“Search efforts by Her Majesty’s Coastguard have located wreckage from the downed F-15C Eagle and recovery efforts are underway. The pilot is still missing, and search and rescue efforts continue,” the statement said.

Reporting by William James and Michael Holden, editing by Estelle Shirbon