Pilot killed in Harrier jet crash

Dec 29, 2008 Full story: WWLP

A Marine fighter jet crashed Monday about a mile short of a runway at an eastern North Carolina air base, killing the pilot, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

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jaminxxboy

Mentor, OH

#1 Jan 4, 2009
I have worked on these aircraft for 4 years and I have to explain that this incident is more then not,not anyones fault.The av8b2 jet is a highly complicated piece of equipment.I was an hydraulics mech and I still didn't know everything there is about the aircraft.But I can say its the most demanding aircraft when it comes to maintenance and time in flight.Especially in a training unit where they fly nonstop cuz of the flight schedule.I will admit some times control supervisors push mechanics to get maintenance done quick and at times makes the job get done in effect causes things to get missed once and a while.But thats why we have multiple inspections done on it before it hits the skies.
But I can tell you the problem isn't maintenance or the pilots.Marines are professionals and take pride in their job and what it details.By it's self this aircraft is dangerous because of its time in service.We desperetly need it replaced and the equipment used on it,or this will continue to happen in the future without a doubt in my mind.
rowdy

Chester, MA

#2 Jan 5, 2009
jaminxxboy wrote:
I have worked on these aircraft for 4 years and I have to explain that this incident is more then not,not anyones fault.The av8b2 jet is a highly complicated piece of equipment.I was an hydraulics mech and I still didn't know everything there is about the aircraft.But I can say its the most demanding aircraft when it comes to maintenance and time in flight.Especially in a training unit where they fly nonstop cuz of the flight schedule.I will admit some times control supervisors push mechanics to get maintenance done quick and at times makes the job get done in effect causes things to get missed once and a while.But thats why we have multiple inspections done on it before it hits the skies.
But I can tell you the problem isn't maintenance or the pilots.Marines are professionals and take pride in their job and what it details.By it's self this aircraft is dangerous because of its time in service.We desperetly need it replaced and the equipment used on it,or this will continue to happen in the future without a doubt in my mind.
Geez go figer a smarrt guy like yew couldnt figyour out a compricated airplane like dat....
Alphonse Capone

United States

#3 Jan 5, 2009
jaminxxboy wrote:
I have worked on these aircraft for 4 years and I have to explain that this incident is more then not,not anyones fault.The av8b2 jet is a highly complicated piece of equipment.I was an hydraulics mech and I still didn't know everything there is about the aircraft.But I can say its the most demanding aircraft when it comes to maintenance and time in flight.Especially in a training unit where they fly nonstop cuz of the flight schedule.I will admit some times control supervisors push mechanics to get maintenance done quick and at times makes the job get done in effect causes things to get missed once and a while.But thats why we have multiple inspections done on it before it hits the skies.
But I can tell you the problem isn't maintenance or the pilots.Marines are professionals and take pride in their job and what it details.By it's self this aircraft is dangerous because of its time in service.We desperetly need it replaced and the equipment used on it,or this will continue to happen in the future without a doubt in my mind.
Thanks for the information, chances are the media will no doubt go in another direction in placing the blame!!

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