Blue Angel Down

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    Blue Angel Down

    Breaking news, a U.S. Navy Blue Angels FA-18 has crashed during an airshow at the Beaufort SC MCAS.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/21/blu...ash/index.html
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    Damn, that's really bad news......
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    Bad news

    (CNN) -- A jet flying in formation with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team crashed into a Beaufort, South Carolina, neighborhood, causing an "enormous fireball" during an air show, authorities said.

    The Navy aviator was killed, Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland said. The F/A-18's pilot is the only known fatality.

    Fred Yelinek told CNN he saw the crash occur about a mile from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which was holding the two-day show. He said the jet came down about 100 yards from him with an "earth-shattering rumble."

    Yelinek said the jet struck a stand of pine trees, and pieces of the plane hit homes, but he didn't see any catch fire. The pieces were "as big as a hand but no larger," he said.
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    Sorry to hear that.
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    Very sad. It would seem that the pilot bravely tried to control the plane down, I presume to avoid ground casulties, instead of bailing out.
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    Very Bad Incident...

    Quality pilots, great flying...sad news, indeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBrombach View Post
    Very sad. It would seem that the pilot bravely tried to control the plane down, I presume to avoid ground casulties, instead of bailing out.
    That's what most military pilots and aviators would do, in my estimation.

    Rest in peace, Aviator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon1 View Post
    That's what most military pilots and aviators would do, in my estimation.

    Rest in peace, Aviator.
    Especially for the precision flying teams the concept of riding it down in a questionable area is really hammered home. Also considered something of an "honorable tradition". My hats off to him and condolences to family and team......
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    guys I was working the show all weekend, there was a field before the housing area there, and immediately after the area it did crash in is Laurel Bay military housing. That would've been a MUCH worse incident. The local talk is that he was too low to take very evasive actions. When it went down, it went fast.

    I was on the base when they locked it down for 2 hours while emergency crews secured the scene. I live less than a half mile from where it happened. There are details that haven't been stated, if I find out it's ok, I will post. I have a very good network of contacts involved. My girlfriend was the dispatcher in charge of Major Incident all afternoon. She is over stressed right now.
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    Yes, on the news I just heard that the pilot stayed with the plane rather than ejecting because the area was heavily populated.
    He needed to stay with the plane in order to best avoid having the impending crash cause death or bodily harm to innocent people.
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