F/A-18 Crash

Flames from Monday\'s Hornet crash in San Diego

Flames from Monday's Hornet crash in San Diego

A man who lost his wife, two kids, and mother-in-law to Monday’s accident had this to say:

“I believe my wife and two babies and mother-in-law are in heaven with God,” Yoon said at a news conference afterward. “Nobody expected such a horrible thing to happen, especially right here, our house.”

Yoon said he bore no ill will toward the Marine Corps pilot who ejected safely before the jet plunged into the neighborhood two miles west of the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. “I pray for him not to suffer for this action,” Yoon said. “I know he’s one of our treasures for our country.”

The family immigrated from South Korea and had moved into the house just a few weeks ago. Initial investigation points toward engine failure as the cause of the crash.


  1. How sad.. this serves to remind that there are no guarantees in life. You have to make the most of it since random things like this happen sometimes.

    I have a question though.. F/A-18s have two engines. How can engine failure bring one down? I suppose if one explodes and frags the other that could do it, but I imagine there’s shielding between them in an attempt to prevent that. I suppose it’s also possible for the engine to fail at exactly the wrong time where the power of one engine isn’t enough to recover, but unless the plane is heavily loaded with munitions I don’t see that happening.

  2. Nicholas: I read somewhere that the pilot was simulating a one-engine landing when the one engine failed. The other had been shut down for the exercise and couldn’t be restarted in time.

    But I’ve also not seen that reported much, so I don’t know if it’s accurate or not.

  3. Oh. That makes sense.

    Perhaps it’s an idea to have a better plan for what to do if that happens than what happened here, if they’re going to be purposefully putting themselves in a position where loss of control is possible. For example, maybe single engine landing practice should occur on a runway that projects out over water.

  4. Nicholas,

    Sadly this type of problem (although this may not be the reason for this particular crash) is not associated with only military jets.

    I am aware of the fact that at Prestwick Aiport in the UK is just one place where they had a pilot flying a commercial aircraft and got mixed up with which engine was the feathered engine (prop aircraft in this instance) and throttled the wrong one and crashed (this was with an instructor pilot on board also I believe, but could be wrong).

    This is a hazard for anyone living near an airport where they like to do training type manouvres (usually airports where they don’t have to pay high landing charges – as a touch-and-go is still logged as a landing).

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