Military jet crash in San Diego kills 2 on ground
By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press Writer Elliot Spagat, Associated Press Writer " 12 mins ago
SAN DIEGO " A military fighter jet preparing to land at a Marine base crashed in a densely populated San Diego neighborhood Monday, killing two people on the ground and destroying two houses, officials said. The pilot of the F/A-18D Hornet jet ejected safely, according to a statement from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Mayor Jerry Sanders said two people on the ground were killed. Fire officials said the deaths were at a home where two children, a mother and a grandmother were believed to be inside. Officials did not immediately know who died.
Two houses were destroyed and one damaged, said San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who viewed the aftermath.
The plane crashed near Interstate 805 around noon Monday about two miles from the base as it prepared to land, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. Military officials did not comment on a possible cause of the crash.
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