Little new on Marine Hornet crash

Questions linger in deadly F/A-18 crash

The cause of the fiery Dec. 8 crash is still being investigated. Military officials have depicted a chain of events in which first one engine failed on the F/A18D Hornet — and then the second quit while the pilot was attempting to reach a landing spot.

Apparently not a single engine landing drill as I had read in I think only one place. Still practically no information available, though.


  1. There won’t be a whole lot of info available on this until after the boards wrap up. This is even more true where fatalities are concerned. The military sometimes appears slow, but it is actually taking pains to be thorough and leave no stone unturned.

  2. This was a guy that was flying CQ’s on the boat, about 50 miles out. He lost an engine on the way back home (over water). A single-engine emergency isn’t the end of the world and he elected (rightly, I think) to recover at home-station. At that time, there was no reason to divert to NASNI. The problem happened when he lost his second engine on approach to Miramar. The double-engine failure is a pretty remote occurrence and I’m quite sure that the pilot had no way of knowing that was going to happen. The pilot (apparently) did everything right. Sometimes sh*t just happens. This was one of those times.

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