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F-18 fighter jet crashes in San Diego residential area
A U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet has crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California..
The Aircraft is an F-18. Pictures to follow. We are locating the satellite feed at this time. The area is in Universal City.
Terri Potratz provided an update at 19:06 on December 8th, 2008 - UPDATE: The death toll has risen to 3, with rescuers still searching the destroyed homes for people.
Two adults and a child were killed and officials will resume searching the site for a missing child tomorrow, San Diego Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said in a telephone interview.
Update: Navy is reporting that the pilot has been recovered. (Source: Fox News)
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F-18 Crashes in Normal Hieghts San Diego
An F-18 military jet crashed in a San Diego neighborhood on Monday, sparking at least one house fire.
It wasn't immediately clear whether anyone was injured, said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Television news footage showed one house and two cars on fire.
Fire crews were at the scene of the crash, which occurred near Interstate 805, reports Fox 5 Affiliate in San Diego.
The plane crashed shortly before noon Monday as it prepared to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The crash occurred two miles from the base.
The pilot ejected, Gregor said.
"We saw two big bangs," resident Scott Patterson told KNX radio. "The smoke came up. We don't know what it was."
The F-18 is a supersonic jet used widely in the Marine Corps and Navy.
Miramar, well known for its role in the movie "Top Gun," is home to some 10,000 Marines. It was operated by the Navy until 1996.
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