San Diego jet crash A military fighter jet preparing to land at a Marine base crashed in a densely populated San Diego neighborhood Monday, killing two people on the ground and destroying three houses. The pilot of the F/A-18D Hornet jet ejected safely, according to a statement from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Mayor Jerry Sanders said two people on the ground were killed. Fire officials said the deaths were at a home where two children, a mother and a grandmother were believed to be inside. Officials did not immediately know who died. Three homes were destroyed, Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said. Firefighters were hosing down a pile of rubble 3 1/2 hours after the crash with smoke still rising from it. About 20 homes were evacuated, and it was unclear when residents would be allowed to return, Sanders said. The plane crashed near Interstate 805 shortly before noon Monday about two miles from the base, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The pilot was in stable condition at a naval hospital in San Diego, said Miramar spokeswoman 1st Lt. Katheryn Putnam. The crash occurred as the pilot was returning from training on the carrier USS Lincoln, off the San Diego coast. Putnam had no details on a possible cause. Investigators will review information from a flight data recorder, and there was no indication the pilot was using alcohol or drugs, she said. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/08/f-18-crash-san-diego-pilo_n_149371.html A US military F-18 fighter jet has crashed in a residential area of San Diego, killing two people on the ground, the city's mayor has said A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the pilot ejected as he unsuccessfully tried to land the plane at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, about two miles (3.2km) away. Witnesses said the pilot had landed in a tree close to the crash site. He was later taken to a naval hospital with injuries, officials said. One witness, who was visiting the area, said the jet had "spiralled out of control, just like out of Top Gun" before coming down.