A military jet crashed Monday in a San Diego neighbourhood claiming three on the ground. The pilot was able to safely eject from the F/A-18D Hornet before it crashed into two homes.
The deaths came from one of the homes that the plane destroyed and ignited into a fireball. At the time of the crash a mother, her two children and their grandmother were inside the house. Three of the bodies have been recovered while a fourth body is missing. The identities of the dead have not been declared at this time.
The neighbourhood were the crash took place is full of upscale homes in the half million dollar range.
The pilot was found hanging by his parachute in a tree in a canyon beneath the neighbourhood. He is in stable condition at a naval hospital in San Diego.
At this time there are no details as a cause of the crash. Information from the black box will be reviewed. There is no suspicion that the pilot was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The toxic smoke that rose from the homes caused 20 homes on the street to be evacuated.
The Associated Press quoted one neighbour about the crash.
“It was quite violent,” said Ben Dishman, 55, who was resting on his couch after having back surgery. “I hear the jets from Miramar all the time. I often worry that one of them will hit one of these homes. It was inevitable. I feel very lucky.”