Four people, including two infants, were killed on December 8, 2008, when a Marine Corps jet crashed onto a home. A lawsuit has been field against the government and Boeing. Plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit that the United States violated many of its own policies and procedures for maintaining and operating the aircraft. Plaintiffs also allege that defects in the fuel systems, which were designed and manufactured by Boeing, led to the crash. The Complaint, filed in San Diego federal court, alleges that the Boeing F/A-18D Hornet “had a history of warnings and system failures” known to the government and manufacturer.
The Complaint states that the Plaintiff’s wife, Youngmi Lee Yoon, 36; his daughters Grace Yoon, age 15 months, and newborn Rachel Yoon; and his mother-in-law, Seokim Kim, 59, were “burned alive and perished” when a “disabled, out of control” jet crashed into the Yoon family home. The Complaint refers to the pilot in training as a “student pilot” who ejected on a flight path “known to the United States to be a public safety hazard for approximately 30 years.”
The Navy denied the family’s administrative claims for wrongful death last spring. The Hornet jet was heading for Miramar Marine Corps Air Station when its engines died. The crash destroyed two homes and damaged two others. A Marine investigation released in March 2009 determined that the pilot and ground crews didn’t follow rules for emergency landings and that the Hornet should have been removed from service when mechanics found a fuel problem.
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