Wed, Nov 28, 2007
JAG Says 11 Homeowners Compensated For Damages So Far
Seven months have passed since a US
Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 crashed during a performance at Marine Air
Corps Station Beaufort, killing the pilot onboard... and officials
are still working to determine what went wrong.
As ANN reported, Lt. Cmdr.
Kevin Davis (shown at right) was flying opposing solo in the #6
aircraft during the precision flight demonstration.
Video footage showed the aircraft descending while executed a
tight left turn to form a Delta triangle, following a starburst
maneuver. The aircraft continued its descent below a treeline, and
impacted a neighborhood three miles from the field -- injuring at
least eight on the ground.
An official report on the accident was expected in November,
reports the Beaufort (SC) Gazette... but it has yet to be made
"Our goal is to do a thorough job of investigating all
contributing factors to this incident so that we can make
appropriate corrections while at the same time being responsive to
all those who were affected by this tragedy," US Navy Vice Admiral
J.C. Harvey, Jr. wrote in a September memo, saying the process
couldn't be rushed.
Meanwhile, 11 persons whose homes were lost or destroyed when
the F/A-18 impacted their neighborhood have been compensated by the
Navy, according to Jennifer Zeldis, spokeswoman for the Office of
the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Six more claims are
pending, and four more are expected to be filed in the near
"While I understand the community's desire for resolution
regarding this incident, I want everyone to understand the outcome
and the timeline for completing this investigation in no way
affects the claims process," Harvey wrote in the September
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