Two Marine pilots survived a midair collision Wednesday morning off the coast of Southern California.Marine Air is in crisis.
One of the pilots ejected safely into the water following the 11:43 a.m. accident and the other made an emergency landing at the nearby North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, Marine officials said.
Coast Guard and Navy search-and-rescue teams received a mayday call at 12:11 p.m. Sailors from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson scrambled to retrieve the Marine pilot 30 minutes later, according to a Marine Corps statement.
Both pilots were reported as being in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Their single-seat F/A-18 Hornets belonged to the “Black Knights” of Fighter Attack Squadron 314 stationed at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.
The Wednesday accident follows a string of recent mishaps involving F-18 fighters.
Just eyeballing things, the mishap rate has sky rocketed. Thankfully both pilots survived but good God! This is unsat.
I sense but can't prove that the focus to get the F-35 across the finish line by all means necessary is affecting the fleet. I can't prove it but someone should investigate training, maintenance and standards across the Wing.
Even worse? This is another incident where we don't hear a thing from Davis. A Harrier crashed in the Pacific and he said nothing. An F-18 crashed after that and he did nothing. We see this incident and again...NOTHING!
I ask this seriously.
Why does Davis still have a job when its obvious that the Wing is in worse condition now than when he took over the job!