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FAA Tapes Released; Marine Corp Jet Crash In San Diego

FAA Tapes: Jet Pilot Had Landing Options Before Crash

SAN DIEGO -- A pilot struggling to control a crippled Marine Corps jet bypassed a chance to land at a coastal Navy base and flew toward an inland base instead, where minutes later the fighter crashed into a University City neighborhood and killed four people, recordings released Tuesday revealed.

Military officials announced they had disciplined 13 Marines for a series of avoidable mechanical and human errors that led to the crash, which killed four members of the same family, including two children.

"It was collectively bad decisionmaking," said Col. John Rupp, operations officer for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Recordings of conversations between federal air controllers and the pilot of the F/A-18D Hornet show the pilot was repeatedly offered a chance to land the plane at the Naval A

Added: Mar-3-2009 Occurred On: Dec-8-2008
By: bellava
Tags: F 18, crash, san diego, crash
Location: San Diego, California, United States (load item map)
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