LONDON — A Utah native was the Air Force pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15C Eagle in the North Sea off the coast of northern England.
He has been identified as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday.
Allen, 27, died in a routine training accident that took place at at 9:40 a.m. Monday. The cause of the F-15C Eagle crash is under investigation.
Allen, who was from northern Utah, had been based with the 48th Fighter Wing at the Royal Air Force's Lakenheath base since February of this year. He was the assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.
A post on the "Follow the Flag North Ogden" Facebook page referred to him as 1st Lt Kage Allen and said he grew up in northern Utah.
Follow the Flag says it got permission from the Allen family to post the information.
The post sent deepest condolences to Lt. Allen's family and friends and promised that he would receive a true hero’s welcome upon his return.
"As a nation and as a community we are strong and we lift those who have lost. We will lift and support the family of 1st Lt Allen. We are grateful for his service, dreams and sacrifice and now stand with his family as they honor their beloved fallen," the Follow the Flag post said.