|Quoting Dragon6172 (Reply 60):|
Considering North Island is home to only helicopter squadrons, one C-2 squadron, and detachment of C-9s, the more likely scenario is that they tried to avoid landing there because there would be no support to repair their aircraft.
In the event of emergency you divert to the nearest safe airport that the F-18 can land at. Being in the Navy and an Airframes Mechanic on F-18's and EA
-6B's they can send a rescue detachment to wherever the aircraft is located. You don't need F-18 facilities to land a F-18 there just a long enough runway.
Point and case, we had an F-18 break and had to land at Wright Patterson AFB while we were based on Southern Maryland, they asked our shop along with other shops who wanted to volunteer to fly up and fix the jet another time one of our Super Hornets that broke down in St Louis at the Boeing facility during a cross country flight. We had to send a detachment there as well. More recently a F-18 broke down at San Clemente Island during bounces. The squadron flew some maintenance personnel out there to fix it.
Point being they could have sent some squadron mechanics from Miramar to Coronado (which is a short drive) to rescue the jet. Obviously, if the jetmade it safe to Miramar this wouldn't even be a story. The fact there is now proof the pilot was offerred a clearance to North Island twice and pushed for Miramar instead resulting in a causing crash and killing civilians it is a big issue now no matter how you slice and dice it.
BTW there is a major F-18 Depot repair facility in NAS
North Island/Coronado not to mention there are Navy maintainers with Hornet experience stationed on the base as well despite working at a different command.
[Edited 2009-03-03 20:28:21]