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09 December 2008

Reverse Heroism

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Barely 50 feet separated life from death for two families when a Marine fighter jet plunged into their University City neighborhood just before noon yesterday. A mother, her young child and the child's grandmother died at 4416 Cather Ave. when the disabled F/A-18D Hornet crashed into the house in a fiery explosion, authorities said. A second child was missing and presumed dead...The jet pilot had ejected safely and was in good condition at San Diego Naval Medical Center as of 9 p.m., said a hospital spokeswoman.
Now it's easy for me to say, but isn't it the duty of these pilots to stay with the plane until he's sure that civilians on the ground are safe? A look at Google Maps shows there's plenty of room around not too far from this house where the plane could have been ditched with no one being hurt, rather than obliterating a grandmother, a mother and her two children.

The pilot apparently made some effort to reach these uninhabited areas.
"He was making motions with his hand, like he was trying to throttle up, and he said there was no power," said Matthew Gorsuch, a former helicopter door gunner in the Navy who lives near the crash site. "He said he was trying to find a clearing, but he ran out of time." Through it all, Gorsuch said, the pilot had just one concern. "The only thing he cared about was where his plane had landed. That was the only thing he asked about. That was all he had on his mind."
A little late now.


Anonymous jth said...

Your right. Looks like he could have hit a school instead.

December 09, 2008 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Ziel. Because a pilot in a plane that has lost power can just magically will it to crash in a clearing of his choice if only he stays in his seat.

Jesus H Christ, are you serious with this post?

December 09, 2008 10:39 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Well as I said, "Easy for me to say."

Good point about the school - if that was the direction he was heading, he could indeed claim to be a hero.

The real mistake might have been whoever told him to try and make it back instead of ditching in the sea. I know they hate to lose those planes - that poor Korean guy will probably only get a couple million for his house and family - it will certainly be a lot less than the $57m price tag of this jet.

December 09, 2008 9:29 PM  
Blogger Steve Sailer said...

Richard Bong, the leading ace of WWII and Frances Gary Powers, the U2 pilot who survived being shot down over Russia, both are said to have died guiding their broken aircraft into vacant lots.

December 10, 2008 3:40 AM  

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