USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
3/12/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S.
Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the
results of the accident investigation into the Oct. 8, 2014 crash of a
U.S. F-15D Eagle aircraft near Spalding, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.
At the conclusion of the accident investigation, the board president,
Col. Russell D. Driggers, found clear and convincing evidence that the
mishap was caused by a combination of two factors - the angle of attack
of the aircraft at the time and imperfections in the radome's nose cap
The pilot from the 48th Figther Wing's 493rd Fighter Squadron at
Lakenheath Air Base ejected safely, sustaining only minor injuries. At
the time of the incident, pilot was a current and qualified F-15 pilot
with 1,645 flight hours. There were no civilian injuries or casualties.
The board also found that, at the time of the mishap, a detailed review
of active and historical aircraft maintenance records revealed no
discrepancies to indicate engine, mechanical, flight control, or other
problems existed with the aircraft.
The convening authority, USAFE-AFAFRICA Commander Gen. Frank Gorenc, approved the board president's report without comments.
The primary purpose of the board was to provide a publicly releasable
report of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. A
narrative within the executive summary of the report is available at http://go.usa.gov/3a6Kh. The full report is available by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request. An electronic request may be submitted at http://www.foia.af.mil.
For more information contact the USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs Office at 011-49-6371-47-6558.