JET CRASH KILLS CREW, 3 IN HOME.
Byline: Dade Hayes Associated Press
A Navy F-14 fighter jet heavy with fuel for a return trip to California crashed in a huge fireball in a neighborhood Monday, demolishing three houses and killing five people.
Three of the dead were in a house that took a direct hit from the Tomcat A popular Java servlet container from the Apache Jakarta project. Tomcat uses the Jasper converter to turn JSPs into servlets for execution. Tomcat is widely used with the JBoss application server. For more information, visit http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat. See Jakarta and JBoss. , as the F-14 is known. The others killed were the plane's two-member crew.
"One guy was just sitting in his couch. He never had a chance. They were all just sitting where they were," said Firefighter James Dean.
The fighter had taken off from Nashville International Airport Nashville International Airport (IATA: BNA, ICAO: KBNA) is an airport in southeastern Nashville, Tennessee. The IATA Airport Code BNA is descended from one of the city's early aviation facilities—Berry Field, NA on a training mission, returning to its base at the Miramar Naval Air Station A Naval Air Station is an airbase of the United States Navy. Such bases are used to house Naval Aviation squadrons and support commands. List of Functioning US Naval Air Stations
The fireball could be seen for miles from the wooded, working-class neighborhood of brick homes where the crash occurred under overcast skies.
The fighter jet hit one house, engulfing homes to either side in flames and littering the neighborhood with plane parts. Pieces of an engine sat in in a yard across the street; another part of the plane rested in a tree.
"It was moving so fast I couldn't even tell what shape it was, and then this huge fireball erupted and the heat came through the glass of my car," said Don Isert, who was driving near the airport.
Stasi Stubblefield, who lives a half-mile from where the plane crashed, said: "It looked like it was going directly down . . . nose down."
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The Pentagon sent a team of investigators.
The Navy identified the pilot as Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy Bates Bates , Katherine Lee 1859-1929.
American educator and writer best known for her poem "America the Beautiful," written in 1893 and revised in 1904 and 1911. , 33, originally of Chattanooga. The radar interceptor officer was identified as Lt. Graham Alden Higgins, 28, from Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.
Neither ejected before the crash.
Bates was involved in another crash off the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Various ships have borne the name Abraham Lincoln, in honor of the 16th President of the United States.
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The squadron was transferred to the USS Kitty Hawk Two ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Kitty Hawk:
Elmer Newsom, 66, and his wife, Ada Newsom, 63, were killed in their home, police said. A visiting friend, Ewing T. Wair, 53, also was killed.
Kenny Newsom, 37, left work as soon as he heard about the crash but said he knew his parents were dead as soon as he saw their flattened house.
The crash site is 2-1/2 miles south of Nashville's airport, which is next to a Tennessee Air National Guard The Tennessee Air National Guard consists of three wings and four geographically separated units of the United States Air Force (USAF).
The Tennessee Air National Guard falls under the chain of command of the United States Air Force and the Adjutant General of the Tennessee installation.
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