Navy contractor jet was on fire before deadly California crash, federal report says


A federal report is shedding new light on a deadly California jet crash. I Norman hall, federal investigators say a navy contractor's aircraft caught fire before it crashed off the California coast early this month killing three people on board. The twin engine Gates learjet 36 a plunged into the Pacific Ocean near San Clemente island on May 10th while trying to make an emergency landing at a navy airfield there. That's according to a preliminary investigative report for the national transportation safety board. The crew of a second jet saw smoke from the aircraft. The two pilots and an additional crew member all civilians haven't been found in our presumed dead. The learjet's wreckage was located about a mile off shore, some of the debris showed evidence of fire before the crash. I Norman hall

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