Pilot ‘screamed in horror’ after seeing jet slam into house

A firefighter walks past as flames rise from the wreckage of a military jet crash in California.
A pilot who parachuted from his disabled Marine Corps jet last year said he was horrified to see it smash into a California home, newly released documents say.

Marine Corps Lt. Dan Neubauer’s statements, describing the December crash that killed four family members in a San Diego home, were released Tuesday by military officials. The four-page document details in technical terms several attempts Neubauer made to keep his crippled F/A-18D from crashing. When it became apparent that the plane was going down, Neubauer parachuted out. “I looked down to see where my plane had crashed and saw that it had gone right into a house. I screamed in horror when I realized what had just happened,” Neubauer said in the document. Neubauer landed in the backyard of another home and was not injured. The pilot had been trying to reach the nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar when he started having problems with his fighter jet. See satellite photo of crash site » The jet crashed into Dong Yun Yoon’s house, killing his wife, his two young children and his mother-in-law. An unoccupied house was also destroyed.

Days after the incident, Yoon said he did not blame the pilot. “Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident,” Yoon said. “I don’t blame him. I don’t have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could.”