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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Harrier jet crash caused by oil leak

AV-8B HarrierMechanical failure downed the AV-8B Harrier jet that crashed and set several homes on fire last year in Imperial, about 90 miles east of San Diego, continuing a long history of design and maintenance problems in the quirky jet scheduled for retirement from the Marine Corps.

The June 4, 2014, accident occurred because of a crack in an oil drain tank and a rapid oil leak that sparked a fire in the aircraft, engine failure and total loss of flight control, Marine investigators concluded.

The Harrier, from Yuma-based Marine Attack Squadron 214, was destroyed. Three homes were heavily damaged and the pilot suffered minor injuries after ejecting from the jet. No civilians were hurt.

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