December 8, 2008 MCAS Miramar F-18 fighter jet crashes in University City

F-18 crash – R. Belanger

F-18 crash 8 Dec 2008 – timeline narrative by Ron Belanger: 11:57:59 PST: Pilot ejected from his crippled F-18 at 400’ above UC High School. He landed safely near Lippman and Robbins. Source: Command Investigation of the crash by 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar.

Less than 10 seconds later, about 11:58:09 PST, the F-18 crashed into homes on Cather Ave and Huggins in University City causing 4 deaths, catastrophic damage and multiple large fires fed by fuel from the aircraft wreckage. Within seconds, 9-1-1 operators started receiving multiple reports with accurate location information. I wasted several minutes trying to get through to 911 but never got through. I decided that call was no longer needed and headed out the door to the crash site about 5 houses away, grabbing my camera on the way out.

Courtesy of Ron Belanger, view his complete timeline and pictures of the crash scene and aftermath at https://ronbelanger.smugmug.com/F-18-Crash-Dec-2008-timeline/ 


Citizens Advocating Safe Aviation (CASA) watchdog group was formed by a group of residents in San Diego’s University City neighborhood after the December 8, 2008, crash of an F-18 aircraft which killed four neighbors: two children and their mother and grandmother. It also destroyed several homes and narrowly missed University City High School. For information about the crash and CASA, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/2018/10/14/university-city-residents-form-safe-aviation-watch-group/


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From the Internet and contributed by neighbors, crash-related photos and images 

For related MCAS Miramar news, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/category/miramar/

For MCAS Miramar operations and contact information, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/mcas-miramar-operations-information-and-contacts/

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