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Navy chief pays respects to jet crash victims

December 12, 2008 |  1:36 pm


The secretary of the Navy met Thursday with Dong Yun Yoon to “pay his respects and express condolences” in connection with the plane crash that killed four members of the Yoon family.

“I grieve for the loss of Mrs. Yoon, the Yoon children, Rachel and Grace, and Mrs. Kim,” said Secretary Donald C. Winter.

Marine Corps investigators are still probing the cause of Monday's F/A-18D crash, although preliminary findings are that the plane had lost power in both of its engines.

The plane destroyed the Yoon home in the University City neighborhood of San Diego.

The pilot ejected and parachuted to safety. 

-- Tony Perry

Photo: San Diego firefighters pour water on the wreckage of an F/A-18D military jet that killed four. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times