London: An Indian-American marine has been killed after he was flying crashed shortly after take-off near a US airfield in England. Major Sareen was the only casualty, British officials said. He was a native of Hillsborough. He was commissioned in the Corps in 2005. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2004.
The crash occurred on Wednesday when San Diego-based Major Taj Sareen was piloting his F/A-18C Hornet to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in the US after a six-month deployment in the Middle East. The aircraft went down near the Lakenheath Royal Air Force base.
Other personnel from the “Red Devils” Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 have returned to Miramar this week, concluding their deployment in the Central Command area of military operations, the report said.
Major Sareen had deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and was an instructor with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101.