A US Fighter Jet crashed in to a neighborhood (University City) in San Diego killing three. The F/A 18 Super Hornet was being flown by a pilot working on his qualifications for carrier take offs and landings, at the Mirimar Training facility.
This is the famous “Top Gun” Air Station.
The pilot ejected from the F18 moments before the crash. San Diego Resident Michael Nugent was eating lunch when he heard a loud pop and saw the pilot eject. A “giant mushroom cloud” formed after the plane hit the ground, he said. The F18 Jet Pilot was flying to the station from the USS Abraham Lincoln, said Miramar spokeswoman Frances Goch, who declined to release his name.
The plane that crashed was an F/A-18D Hornet, according to the Marine station statement. The attack and fighter aircraft is made by McDonnell Douglas Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., according to the Navy’s Web page on the plane.
This is not the first military crash this year. In March, an F-16 fighter leaving Luke Air Force Base in Arizona crashed near Alamo Lake, about 80 miles from Phoenix, during a training exercise, killing the pilot.
In April, two Air Force pilots were killed during a training mission when their T-38C Talon jet crashed at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.