The 2014 Marine jet crash in Southern California was caused by oil leak: report

The 2014 Marine jet crash in Southern California was caused by oil leak: report

The Marine fighter jet crash that set several homes on fire in a Southern California neighborhood last year was caused by an oil leak, a newly published investigative report revealed.

According to the Marine investigative report, the AV-8B Harrier fighter jet crashed on 4th of June, 2014, after a crack in its oil drain tank caused a leak that sparked a fire, engine failure and eventually total loss of flight control.

The jet had taken off from the Yuma, Arizona-based Marine Corps Air Station, after a daytime low altitude training when he detected the oil leak. He tried to make an emergency landing at Naval Air Facility El Centro but the plane caught fire and crashed as it was just 15 miles from the runway.

The plane went down in Imperial, around 90 miles east of San Diego. The accident left the plane as well as two homes totally destroyed and a third one badly damaged. Luckily, no one on the ground was hurt. The pilot ejected and saved his life.

The investigation failed to pinpoint the cause of the crack in the plane's oil drain tank that sparked fire. The Harrier, which has the ability to take off and land vertically, has a long history of mechanical issues and crashes.

The Harrier has been in use by the U.S. Marine Corps for decades but the mechanical issues and crashes has forced authorities to slowly phase these planes out in favor of a new Joint Strike fighters.

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