A bad day for all
Please. Let's just acknowledge this as a tragedy and stop looking for people to attack.
The pilot was ordered to proceed to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after one engine failed. After the second failed, he stayed at the controls until just a few seconds before impact to try to avoid carnage on the ground. This put him at considerable personal risk.
Frankly, given how heavily populated the area is, I'm impressed that so few people died.
What's not clear is why the pilot was routed to MCAS Miramar instead of Naval Air Station North Island, where his approach would have been over water instead of housing.
Unfortunately for the pilot, he's going to live with the knowledge that his flight killed people. And as they pointed out on the radio (KPBS) this morning, he'll probably be tied up with lawsuits for the rest of his life. Hell of a way to wind up a training mission.
If anyone else posts about how the pilot screwed up or what kind of whitewash we're getting from the US military about this incident, please cite primary sources or shut up. For instance:
Why the pilot must obey ATC routing: US Federal Aviation Regulations (don't know specific numbers, but could dig out my FAR-AIM if necessary).
What the locals really think about this: I live here and worked across the street from MCAS Miramar for seven years.
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