Credit: U.S. Air Force
Navy Pilots Ejected From Jet Flying 170 MPH -- Discovery News
Yesterday, just minutes after an F/A-18D jet took off from the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virgina Beach, Va., the two pilots on board realized their aircraft engine had failed catastrophically. Immediately, they turned back toward the airfield, dumping jet fuel in order to reduce the aircraft's weight, a technique that could have helped them reach the runway just two miles away.
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My Comment: This could have been a catastrophic crash with multiple fatalities .... talk about good luck.