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Pilot ‘Screamed in Horror’ When Jet Hit Home

A military pilot who ejected from a crippled fighter over a San Diego neighborhood "screamed in horror" when he saw the jet had crashed into a home.

A statement by the pilot released Tuesday describes how he struggled to control the malfunctioning F/A-18D Hornet in the minutes before the Dec. 8 accident that killed four people and incinerated two homes.

In the statement the pilot writes, "I screamed in horror when I realized what had just happened."

Marines say the crash was caused by mechanical failure and bad decisions that led the pilot to bypass a potentially safe landing.
 

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