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Miramar spokeswoman 1st Lt. Katheryn Putnam, said the pilot was in stable condition at a naval hospital in San Diego.
(SAN DIEGO) - A tragic military fighter jet crash killed two people near San Diego today. The jet reportedly was preparing to land at the Marine Air Base at Miramar, when it crashed into a densely populated San Diego neighborhood. At least two people were killed as the jet slammed into three houses Monday, but the pilot was able to eject before crashing.
The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, reports that the F/A-18D Hornet's pilot did eject safely.
Three homes were destroyed, Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque told reporters. Three and a half hours after the plane crashed, firefighters were hosing down the crash where smoke still rose in the air. About 20 homes saw residents evacuated, with no certainty as to when they would be allowed to return.
The plane crash happened near Interstate 805 today shortly before noon. This is an area about two miles from Miramar.
The Marines say those displaced by the F/A-18 aircraft crash can go to the Nobel Recreation Center at 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92122, at phone number: (858) 552-1626. Please call (858) 577-1727 if you have aircraft debris on your property.
To file a claim for damages, please call (858) 577-1889 or 577-1876. They will be open until 9:00 PM and re-open at 8:00 AM.
For relief assistance: please call the San Diego/Imperial County chapter of the American Red Cross at: (858) 309-1200, also available at: sdarc.org/.
For additional queries regarding this mishap, please contact the MCAS Miramar Consolidated Public Affairs Office at 858-577-6000 or click on the web link below to submit your inquiry via email: miramar.usmc.mil/CitizenConcerns.htm
Miramar spokeswoman 1st Lt. Katheryn Putnam, said the pilot was in stable condition at a naval hospital in San Diego. They confirm that the crash occurred as the pilot was returning from training on the carrier USS Lincoln, off the San Diego coast.
Putnam had no details on a possible cause. Investigators will review information from a flight data recorder, and there was no indication the pilot was using alcohol or drugs, she said.
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