A pilot who ejected from a US fighter jet moments before it smashed to the ground radioed a colleague to say: “dude, I’m getting out.”
The pilot bailed a 6,000ft before the F15-D jet from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk crashed into a field in Weston Hills last October.
He survived the terrifying accident which happened on a training mission.
US Department of Defense documents reveal the $28.6million jet went into a flat spin at 15,000ft above sea level.
A technical sergeant, who was sitting in the back seat of another jet, said he was left “very shaken”.
In transcripts of an interview he gave investigators, he said: “After 6,000ft, number two (the pilot from the crashed jet) basically said ‘Dude, I’m getting out’.”
The information was revealed in documents released after a BBC Freedom of Information request.
An Accident Investigation Board report into the crash is yet to be released.
The MOD’s clean-up bill for the crash was last week revealed to be £393,235. The USAF will cover 75 per cent of the cost.