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    Bad News Lincolnshire Plane Crash

    USAF F-15 jet crashes in Lincolnshire



    The aircraft crashed in a field in Weston Hills, near
    Spalding

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    A US military aircraft has crashed in
    a field near houses and a school in Lincolnshire.

    Witnesses saw the F-15D come down in a field off Broad Gate, Weston Hills,
    near Spalding at about 15:30 BST.

    The pilot have ejected from the aircraft and police said he had escaped with
    very minor injuries.

    The US Air Force said the jet was from the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF
    Lakenheath in Suffolk and had crashed during a combat training exercise.


    The aircraft was based at RAF Lakenheath in
    Suffolk

    Base commander Col Robert Novotny said: "We're very fortunate, our pilot
    ejected... he's in fine spirits."

    He added that it was unclear what had caused the crash.

    An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter transported the pilot back safely to the base
    where he is being treated.

    Witness Janet Prescott said: "It's frightening to think that the jet has
    passed over houses and the village school. Who knows how that jet could have
    come down.

    "From the point he ejected to where the plane came down is probably a mile.
    That jet has continued flying with no-one in it.

    "It could have hit any one of a number of houses. Thank God it didn't."




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    The USAF jet crashed about 15:30
    BST


    Weston Hills Church of England Primary School was evacuated but a member of
    staff said everyone at the school was fine.

    Shaun Gough, whose twin five-year-old daughters are pupils at the school,
    said part of the aircraft's wing had landed in the field about 400yds (365m)
    away.

    "It was coming down from the sky backwards like it was out of control in a
    spin," said Mr Gough.

    "There were two aircraft which had been circling around most the afternoon
    and there was a roar, then silence, which made us look across."


    The parachute from the plane's ejector seat tangled
    in a telegraph wire

    "I was watching when it came down back end first, and when you're standing
    watching it come down close to your daughters' school it's pretty horrendous,"
    he said.

    "When my wife went to the school to pick up my daughter she said the black
    smoke was blowing across the car park and into the school.

    "I've seen a Sea King helicopter land and pick somebody up. I'm guessing it's
    the pilot."




    At the scene

    Bernard White, who had earlier seen the plane go up in a "fireball", said
    Weston Hills was now in "lockdown".

    He said police officers asked him to leave his house due to "acrid smoke" but
    he refused.

    Mr White said he saw American military vehicles enter the village. A number
    of firefighters were at the scene but he said everything had since "quietened
    down".




    Lincolnshire Police advised people to avoid the area as fumes from the fire
    may be hazardous.

    A statement said: "The plane has come down in an isolated rural area and no
    premises have been affected.

    "The plane belongs to the US Air Force based at RAF Lakenheath and the pilot
    has escaped with only very minor injury."

    Bernard White, who was working at home in Weston Hills, said he heard "a
    scream" overhead.

    "The aircraft seemed low and then it went 'woof' like a big thump," he
    said.

    "I looked out the kitchen window and it was down. I saw a parachute in the
    distance. [The aircraft] was a fireball but now looks incredibly intact."

    The US Air Force said the plane crashed at 15:28 while conducting a combat
    training mission.

    A statement said: "One person was on board the aircraft at the time and
    ejected safely.

    "A board of qualified officers will investigate the accident."


    The aircraft was a two-seater plane from RAF
    Lakenheath, like the one above


    The US Air Force said the aircraft was conducting a
    combat training mission

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    Default Re: Lincolnshire Plane Crash

    My daughter goes to that school, we live about two miles away.

    My wife saw pilots dicking around moments before, we aren't aviation experts but the pilot landed safetly whilst that wreckage is very close to the Weston Hills village, we have thousands of acres of open fields around here, I have to question the necessity of these flights and the pilots choice about where he ditched the plane.

    This evening could have been a very different for my family, I'm kind of speechless.

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