Monday, December 8, 2008

Plane Crash in SD

Military plane crashes in San Diego neighborhood

UNIVERSITY CITY – A military fighter pilot ejected safely from his plane moments before it crashed into this residential San Diego neighborhood shortly before noon Monday, sparking several house fires.

Two people are now confirmed dead on the ground

The aircraft was a two-seat F/A-18D carrying a single pilot from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, part of the Miramar-based 3rd Marine Air Wing, said Capt. Stephen Paap, a Marine Corps spokesman.

The student pilot was en route from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, operating in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego, Paap said. He was taken to a clinic at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The training squadron includes both Navy and Marine Corps aviators, Paap said. He said he didn't know which service the pilot represents or how many flight hours he has accumulated.

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