SHAFAQNA- USAF F-15 aircraft has crashed in a field near houses and a school in Lincolnshire.
Witnesses saw the F-15 come down in a field off Broad Gate, Weston Hills, near Spalding at about 15:30 BST.
The pilot is believed to have ejected from the aircraft and police say he has escaped with very minor injuries.
The US Air Force said the F-15 was from the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk and had crashed during a training exercise.
RAF Lakenheath tweeted: “We can confirm that one of our jets went down north of the base, in Lincolnshire. The pilot ejected and is safe.”
Weston Hills Church of England Primary School has been 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 wing had landed in the field nearby.
“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,” said Mr Gough.
“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.
“The wing is in a field about 400 yards from the school. [I’m] just glad nobody has been hurt.
“I’ve seen a Sea King helicopter land and pick somebody up. I’m guessing it’s the pilot.”
Aircraft was ‘fireball’
Police have advised people to avoid the area as fumes from the fire may be hazardous.
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.”
Source: BBC News