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Military Harrier jet crashes into residential area in California (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: June 05, 2014 01:03
Edited time: June 05, 2014 07:20
Photo from user ‏@AlexPerez83

Photo from user ‏@AlexPerez83

A military jet has crashed into a residential area in Imperial Valley, Southern California. At least two houses caught fire, but no one on the ground was hurt. The pilot ejected successfully and was uninjured.

The fire on the ground was quickly extinguished, yet homes impacted by the crash have been severely damaged by debris and fire.

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing AV-8B Harrier crashed at approximately 2:20pm local time (21:20 GMT). The jet was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, in Arizona, said Cpl. Melissa Lee, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The officials said the pilot ejected successfully and landed about 200 meters from the crash site. He was brought to a hospital only for a medical check.

No details about the reason for the crash have been announced yet.

"I was pretty close to it," witness Shaun Penniman told KGTV. "I heard like a pop and a whistle. And right when I looked up is when I saw the pilot eject."

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar says it is attempting to gather more information, according to KGTV in Imperial. MCAS Miramar officials said an investigation has begun to determine the cause of the crash.

The last time a Harrier jet crashed in US was less than a month ago, when on May 9 another Harrier, stationed at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, crashed in a remote desert area south of Phoenix, near the Gila River Indian Community. The pilot also ejected safely and nobody on the ground was hurt.

Comments (41)


R3dp055um 07.07.2014 17:05

This is a severe error on the part of the pilot. You're not supposed to punch out until you've made sure the plane will NOT impact a residential area. The pilot should be court-martialed for negligence, but the Marine Corps isn't what it used to be.


Raymond Dillon 05.06.2014 23:40

They're British made , that should explain it.
The British had this great idea that a Jet's engine should be built inside the wings itself, they ended up killing hundreds of passengers in the 50's and 60's .
That was the end of their foray into commercial aviation.
But never mind their Saudi stooges keep the military industrial complex fully up and running.


Dennis Jman 05.06.2014 20:22

ManuTM 05.06.2014 18:54

shame about that Freedom spreader... good thing it wasn't armed with Freedom... it would have caused a massive explosion of Democracy


Pretty sure they didn't mention the navy... But yeah,most people don't read beyond the title...-_-

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