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One person dead as US fighter jet crashes near base in England'

Published 21/10/2015 | 11:54

File photo dated 08/01/14 of RAF Lakenheath, as sources confirmed that a jet has crashed near the RAF base in Suffolk
File photo dated 08/01/14 of RAF Lakenheath, as sources confirmed that a jet has crashed near the RAF base in Suffolk
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One person is dead after a US F-18 jet has crashed near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

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It is not known if there are any fatalities following the incident, on farmland near the military base.

Emergency services were sent to the scene near the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We are currently at the scene of a plane crash on farmland in Redmere, Ely.

"Details are sketchy at this stage and it is not known if there are any casualties.

"As and when more information becomes available we will let you know."

A source said the crash involved an US Navy F-18 single-seat aircraft.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they were called just after 10.30am.

He said: "We were called following reports of an aircraft crash at Redmere.

"We have two crews at the scene at the moment but there is no sign of any firefighting action taking place."

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