Union Tribune: A decade later, a San Diego neighborhood is still reeling from a tragic plane crash

On December 8, 2008, an F/A-18 jet approaching Marine Corps Air Station Miramar crashed in San Diego’s University City. (Photo by K.C. Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The postman had just delivered a Korean-language newspaper to a home on Cather Avenue when he saw a plane plunging toward him. “Everything was in slow motion,” said Bill Dusting, a veteran letter-carrier. “My first thought was, ‘Well, this is going to be quick and painless.’” It was neither. On that morning, 10 years ago today, Dusting ran to safety but the Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet crashed, killing four people inside the home. Flaming wreckage shredded that house and ripped through its neighbor, burning both homes to the ground.

That is an edited excerpt of a Union Tribune article by Peter Rowe, published online December 8, 2018. To read the entire online version, visit https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-fa18-crash-10-years-later-20181208-story.html

For related posts from UCCA, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/category/miramar/


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