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

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    Pilot Dies When F-18 Crashes Near U.S. Base in England
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    File photo: U. S. Air Force F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft takes off at the opening ceremony of Aero India 2011 in Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

    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.