American F-15 crashes in United Kingdom, official says

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A U.S. Air Force F-15 crashed in the east of England Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The pilot ejected from the aircraft in Lincolnshire and sustained a minor injury. (Photo: Marcus Pell via CNN)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 crashed in the east of England Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The pilot ejected from the aircraft in Lincolnshire and sustained a minor injury. (Photo: Marcus Pell via CNN)

A military aircraft crashed in eastern England on Wednesday, and the pilot ejected and survived with a minor injury, police in Lincolnshire said.

The plane was a U.S. Air Force F-15, a U.S. Defense Department official told CNN on condition of anonymity. Lincolnshire police didn’t name the country to which the plane belonged or release the pilot’s name or nationality.

The crash happened in Weston Hill, police said. A cordon was put in place around the fiery wreckage, and the public was advised to avoid the area because of concerns that the fumes may be hazardous, police said.

After the ejection, the pilot was taken away by helicopter, police said. Details about what led to the crash weren’t immediately released.

CNN’s Jennifer Rizzo contributed to this report.

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