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Marines Defend Decision-Making Leading Up to Crash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Marine Corps. generals are defending the
decision to direct a jet pilot over a crowded San Diego
neighborhood after an engine on his F/A18-D Hornet failed.
It couldn't be predicted that the second engine on the jet also
would fail, forcing the pilot to eject and bringing the aircraft
down onto a two-story home where it killed four people, the
generals said.
They made the comments at a closed congressional briefing
Thursday, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and others who
attended.
In the wake of Monday's crash some have questioned why the jet
didn't divert toward a coastal air station instead of continuing
over neighborhoods toward Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Briefers said a number of factors made Miramar the right call at
the time.


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