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Aerosoul
06-15-2005, 07:56 PM
Military jet crashes into homes in Arizona
20 minutes ago


PHOENIX (*******) - A military jet on Wednesday crashed and plowed into two homes in Yuma, Arizona but there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, police and local officials said.

The Harrier attack jet went down in a neighborhood consisting of single-family homes at about 2:30 p.m. local time, Yuma police Lt. Mike Erfert told *******.

"At the moment we don't have any confirmed reports of any casualties or injuries," said city spokesman James Stover.

A spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, said the Harrier jet was stationed at the base, located near the U.S.-Mexican border about 160 miles southwest of Phoenix.

Stover cited media reports that the pilot of the single-seat jet had ejected from the aircraft but said those had not been confirmed.

Police, fire and military personnel were responding to the crash near the base, and the area was being evacuated. No further details were immediately available from the scene, Erfert said.

Harrier jets, also known as jump jets, are equipped with engines that swivel, allowing them to take off and land vertically.

The jets, which can carry laser-guided missiles, rockets and heavy bombs, have been used extensively by the Marines in Iraq.

The British-designed Harrier aircraft has been plagued by safety issues during the more than three decades it has been in use by the U.S. military. The plane's engine underwent a design overhaul in 2000 to address safety problems.

The Marine Corps base in Yuma is home to four squadrons of Harriers and is one of the principal sites for Marine pilot training.

A U.S. Marine pilot was killed in 1998 when his Harrier crashed during a routine training exercise at the Yuma base.

Article (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050615/us_nm/crash_arizona_dc)

abncougar
06-15-2005, 08:16 PM
i hate the Harrier :fork:

Phil
06-15-2005, 10:49 PM
I live in Phoenix, Arizona and it was on every local news channel here's a news report:

http://www.azfamily.com/perl/azfamily/video/wmPlayer.pl?title=www.azfamily.com/20050615_crash.wmv&vsect=News

Seiyuuki
06-15-2005, 11:52 PM
Any chance Harry Tasker was piloting... :lol: ;)

Ratamacue
06-16-2005, 12:47 AM
Any chance Harry Tasker was piloting... :lol: ;)
http://membres.lycos.fr/mogwai/images/arnieHarrier.jpg

martinexsquaddie
06-16-2005, 01:06 AM
bet he did'nt sign for it :lol:

b33f
06-16-2005, 03:09 AM
In a different article (only got a german version at the moment) i read that the Harrier was carrying 4 pieces of 500lbs ordnance (not specified which type).

06-16-2005, 03:30 AM
Any chance Harry Tasker was piloting... :lol: ;)
http://membres.lycos.fr/mogwai/images/arnieHarrier.jpg

rofl

Stolly
06-16-2005, 07:15 AM
Strange that article says 45 men have died, not 250. Perhaps someone was exagerating ?

Frost
06-16-2005, 08:10 AM
Strange that article says 45 men have died, not 250. Perhaps someone was exagerating ?
well, these ar only US losses. The british also suffered quite a few losses (both combat and non-combat). But I find it hard to believe that they lost 200 men while the US lost 'only' 45.

toad
06-16-2005, 09:32 AM
500 lb mk82's can explode in a fire or crash.

just ask anyone on the USS Forrestal...

b33f
06-16-2005, 11:12 AM
500 lb mk82's can explode in a fire or crash.
just ask anyone on the USS Forrestal...
But because of the USS Forrestal "incident" all bombs now feature heat-resistant coating (http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/mk-82-980210-n-5024r-001.jpg) to increase the cook-off temperature.
In this case it seems to have helped (as they obviously didn't explode).

How do you know that the Harrier had Mk82s loaded?


Police evacuated the central-city neighborhood while firefighters put down flames, cooled the bombs with water and gathered live ammunition.


Military authorities recovered all four bombs, none of which exploded in the 2:49 p.m. crash, said Marine Corps Lt. Beatriz Yarrish. Officials stopped their search for the rest of the ammunition at nightfall and planned to resume that effort this morning.


He said the AV-8B Harrier was returning from a training mission, still armed with the four 500-pound bombs and 300 rounds of 25mm ammunition.


Nease described the AV-8B as "a pretty reliable aircraft." He said three others have crashed in the past few years at the Yuma base, which has about 64 jets.

Source (http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0616crash16.html)