SAN DIEGO - A fighter jet returning to a Marine base after a training exercise crashed in flames in a San Diego neighborhood Monday, killing three people on the ground, leaving one missing and destroying two homes.
The pilot of the F/A-18D Hornet jet ejected safely just before the crash around noon at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Explosions rocked a neighborhood of half-million-dollar homes, sending flames and plumes of smoke skyward.
“The house shook; the ground shook. It was like I was frozen in my place,” said Steve Krasner, who lives a few blocks from the crash. “It was bigger than any earthquake I ever felt.”
Spoke with my dad who worked on a flight crew in the U.S. Marines, and he was telling me about how pilots were instructed to try and take the jet into a field or other safe area before ejecting. Something must have seriously went wrong and couldn’t be fixed in enough time for the pilot to eject and have the jet slam into the neighborhood.