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Emergency landing for jet on Marine base

Nov. 8, 2012 - 04:32PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 - 04:32PM  |  
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the aircraft carrier Nimitz made an emergency landing Nov. 6 after an unspecified mechanical problem.

The jet, from Strike Fighter Squadron 147, diverted to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Hornets often land at Naval Air Station North Island, but a Naval Air Force Pacific Spokesman said that there were poor weather conditions at Coronado.

The divert was caused by a mechanical failure on the jet, but AIRPAC wouldn't say the specific nature of the problem, or say if it was an issue with the engine or airframe.

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is in the middle of a training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. It will be the ship's first combat deployment since leaving dry dock in September.

Diverted aircraft are a sensitive issue in San Diego because of a 2008 Marine Corps Hornet crash into a home. The pilot ejected safely, but four people inside were killed. The victims' families were awarded $17.4 million in December. The Marines said the plane had mechanical problems, but if the student pilot could have recovered from the problem and made a safe landing.

More recently, a Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 106, a fleet replacement squadron that trains newly winged pilots, crashed into a Virginia Beach, Va. apartment building after an unprecedented dual-engine failure. The pilot and weapons systems operator safely ejected at a low altitude before the Hornet flew into the building. The April 6 crash destroyed 27 apartment units, but there were no injuries.

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