* Posts by John Grainer

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'I don't blame pilot', says San Diego jet crash father

John Grainer


The Great Santini this pilot was not. I am a pilot, a former Marine, the father of a child killed in an airplane accident. I live near a Naval Air Station(Fallon). I sympathize with both of these men, and their families. However there are serious questions that need answers. If the policy says that it is okay to direct a crippled aircraft over populated areas, then it needs changing. Why didn't he turn around immediately and land back on the carrier? Why didn't he divert to North Island on one engine, if he didn't sense imminent failure of the other? Was this fuel related? I for one will be looking close for the true answers. God Bless America, Semper Fi.