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Marines identify pilot killed in England

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Marine Corps says a fighter pilot killed when his F-18 crashed near an airfield in England was a 34-year-old California man.

The military said Thursday that Maj. Taj Sareen was returning with his squadron after their six-month deployment to the Middle East when the F/A-18C Hornet went down near Royal Air Force Lakenheath on Wednesday morning. Authorities say Sareen was ejected from the single-seat aircraft and no other casualties were reported.

Sareen was a native of Hillsborough. He joined the Marine Corps Feb. 13, 2005, and served in Afghanistan in 2010. He was a member of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

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