Military Harrier jet crashes into residential area in California

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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.

One thought on “Military Harrier jet crashes into residential area in California

  1. this happens a lot,
    i can tell you why – political bullshit.

    the harrier is designed around a custom built engine designed or the job.
    when the u.s. purchased a load of them from the u.k. they insisted on delivery without the rolls-royce engines so they could fit u.s. built engines in them.

    the u.s. engines dont have enough power to drive the vtol system for long periods and the stress makes them fail.

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