HM Coastguard is coordinating the response after reports were received of an aeroplane going down into the sea 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head.
Reports suggest that a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed at approximately 0940am into the North Sea. The aircraft was from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board. The cause of the crash as well as the status of the pilot are unknown.
A spokesperson said:
"The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Humberside has been sent along with Bridlington and Scarborough RNLI lifeboats.
"Following a Mayday broadcast by HM Coastguard, other vessels nearby are heading to the area.
"It is believed the aircraft had one person on board. We have no further information at this time."