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Plane Crash/Explosion at RDU International (Raleigh/Durham,NC)
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Posted on 03/26/2004 12:19:41 PM PST by jern

Heads up, there has been some kind of explosion at RDU airport in Raleigh, just got a call from someone who works near the airport. Will post more in a second.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: f18; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; planecrash; raleigh; rdu; richmond
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1 posted on 03/26/2004 12:19:41 PM PST by jern
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To: Admin Moderator
glad you moved this from breaking news, guess it wasn't a big deal </sarcasm>
2 posted on 03/26/2004 12:21:19 PM PST by jern
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To: jern
BTTT
3 posted on 03/26/2004 12:21:41 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: Howlin; Constitution Day
heads up
4 posted on 03/26/2004 12:21:44 PM PST by jern
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To: jern
TV is saying that an F-18 is down.

MKM

5 posted on 03/26/2004 12:22:44 PM PST by mykdsmom (Proud to be a Free Republic ARCHconservative threatening Communist protesters for over 3 years)
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To: jern
just on the WRAL, seems to be a military jet.
6 posted on 03/26/2004 12:23:00 PM PST by jern
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To: mykdsmom; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; A2J; a4drvr; Adder; Aegedius; AlaninSA; ..

7 posted on 03/26/2004 12:23:04 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: jern

WRAL.com

Plane Crashes Near RDU; Catches On Fire

POSTED: 3:03 PM EST March 26, 2004
UPDATED: 3:19 PM EST March 26, 2004

A plane has crashed near Raleigh Durham International Airport, catching on fire and sending a huge plume of smoke into the air visible from several miles away.

At least one witness described it as a military jet, possibly an F-18 from the Navy, and the pilot reportedly has ejected.


8 posted on 03/26/2004 12:23:22 PM PST by jern
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To: jern
It's still in breaking news. Any more info?
9 posted on 03/26/2004 12:23:32 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: mykdsmom; jern
TV is saying that an F-18 is down.

I think there's an Air National Guard wing there.

10 posted on 03/26/2004 12:23:39 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; Constitution Day; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ...
NC Ping!!!!
11 posted on 03/26/2004 12:23:54 PM PST by mykdsmom (Proud to be a Free Republic ARCHconservative threatening Communist protesters for over 3 years)
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To: jern
on MSNBC now.
12 posted on 03/26/2004 12:24:52 PM PST by oceanview
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To: mykdsmom
I work 2 miles from RDU...I've never seen an F-18 come in there. I use Aviation parkway to get on I-40.

Strange...will check WRAL.

http://www.wral.com/news/2953163/detail.html

You're right...wow. Good thing it sounds like the pilot ejected. Wondering if he had problems and was forced to try to land it...got close and couldn't do it ditching nearby.

Wow...I'm sure I'll see THAT when I go home.
13 posted on 03/26/2004 12:25:26 PM PST by jamz
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To: Constitution Day
Oops, sorry about the double ping folks. You beat me by a few seconds.

MKM

14 posted on 03/26/2004 12:25:27 PM PST by mykdsmom (Proud to be a Free Republic ARCHconservative threatening Communist protesters for over 3 years)
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To: mykdsmom
They are saying that it is a F-18 Hornet.
15 posted on 03/26/2004 12:25:39 PM PST by jonsie
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To: All
Events along I -95 keep moving south. Look out Florida.
16 posted on 03/26/2004 12:25:51 PM PST by joebellis
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To: jern
and the pilot reportedly has ejected

That's good .. Sending prayers that he's ok

17 posted on 03/26/2004 12:25:52 PM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: mykdsmom
Ah, no biggie. :)
18 posted on 03/26/2004 12:26:19 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: Constitution Day
There is an Air National Guard unit at RDU that have Apache's that are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Don't know about F-18s though.
19 posted on 03/26/2004 12:26:20 PM PST by jamz
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To: jern
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A plane has crashed in the vicinity of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, catching on fire and sending a huge plume of smoke into the air visible from several miles away.

At least one witness described it as a military jet, possibly an F-18 from the Navy, and the pilot reportedly has ejected.

Check back with WRAL.com and watch Friday's WRAL News for more on this developing story
Copyright 2004 by WRAL.com.
20 posted on 03/26/2004 12:26:37 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: joebellis
Raleigh is not even near I-95.
It goes through Rocky Mount, which is a good 60-70 miles from the airport.
21 posted on 03/26/2004 12:27:53 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: All
Friday, March 26, 2004 3:25 pm EST
F-18 Crashes At RDU

BREAKING NEWS: An military jet has crashed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport near Terminal A, Federal Aviation Administration officials tell NBC 17. Full Story

 


22 posted on 03/26/2004 12:27:58 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: jamz
Ok, thanks.

I know I've passed that ANG sign many times when headed to/from RDU.

23 posted on 03/26/2004 12:28:47 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: joebellis
I-40...not I-95.

Traffic sucks anyday right at the airport...nothing new. Wondering if certain roads will be shut down.
24 posted on 03/26/2004 12:29:39 PM PST by jamz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Radio report said that the pilot was having trouble and radioed for an emergency landing near the closest airport which happened to be RDU. He came up short and ejected. The airport has been closed.
25 posted on 03/26/2004 12:30:39 PM PST by SirAllen
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To: jern
Hope no one was hurt.
26 posted on 03/26/2004 12:31:19 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Constitution Day
Actually, an Apache pilot who is now in Afghanistan is coming home in the next few weeks and gets to join our softball team again. We missed him last year.

I won't give too many details about him personally, but let's just say he does other flight duties enforcing laws in our great state.

I don't know the exact award...but he was part of a rescue operation of a Black Hawk crew in Afghanistan that warranted a visit from Gen Myers himself. Seen the pictures. It will be an honor being hit into a double-play by him when he returns. ;)

27 posted on 03/26/2004 12:33:10 PM PST by jamz
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That's what I figured...I think I'd notice the Hornets if they were based here...hehe.

I believe there is a unit based out of Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldston that consists of Super Hornets.
28 posted on 03/26/2004 12:36:46 PM PST by jamz
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To: Constitution Day
Hey! You can't ping me?! I have to find this on my own!?
29 posted on 03/26/2004 12:36:52 PM PST by annyokie (There are two sides to every argument, but I'm too busy to listen to yours.)
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To: jern
So glad to hear the pilot is safe.
30 posted on 03/26/2004 12:37:46 PM PST by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Outgoing flights on hold - crash near terminal A.

I-40 and US 70 traffic diverted...

I'm at work at RTP and get to go around the mess to go home...

At least it looks like the pilot ejected and no word of injuries on the ground.

31 posted on 03/26/2004 12:38:17 PM PST by NCjim
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To: annyokie
That is the North Carolina ping list.
I'll add you if you'd like.
32 posted on 03/26/2004 12:39:34 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: Constitution Day
I know I've passed that ANG sign many times when headed to/from RDU.

FA-18 is Navy, not Air Force.
Local news reports two FA-18s were taking off. I don't know where they were in from. The second one couldn't get off and the pilot punched out while rolling down the runway.

SO9

33 posted on 03/26/2004 12:39:46 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Goldwater Republican)
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To: NCjim
Wow...he hit near the terminal? I'm sure Aviation Road would be shut down.

And yes...traffic will suck...but that's the least important thing right now. Pilot ejecting is very good...hope he's ok.
34 posted on 03/26/2004 12:40:21 PM PST by jamz
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To: Servant of the 9
You're right...F-15s based in Goldston. Part of the Camp LeJeune? or just passing through?
35 posted on 03/26/2004 12:41:17 PM PST by jamz
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To: jern
A military jet has crashed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport near Terminal A, Federal Aviation Administration officials tell NBC 17.

 

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The DOT camera at Airport Blvd.
shows smoke rising near the airport.

 

There is no word on the condition of the pilot. RDU officials are expected to hold a press conference within the next 30 minutes.

 

 

NBC 17's Tina Tenret reports that firefighters are on the scene and attempting to extinguish flames near Terminal A. Plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the airport from several miles away.

 

The FAA says all inbound and outbound flights from Terminal A have been put on hold, but flights in and out of Terminal C are still underway.

 

Traffic on Highway 70 and Interstate 40 is being diverted by Wake County sheriff's deputies.

 

NBC 17 has a crew on the way to the airport. Check back for more details on this developing story.


36 posted on 03/26/2004 12:41:50 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: jamz
This is all Bush's fault...
37 posted on 03/26/2004 12:41:57 PM PST by maxamillion
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To: All
FOX just aired a bit of video.
The aircraft seemed to be intact but fires were burning.

Main thing is that the pilot got out OK.

38 posted on 03/26/2004 12:42:22 PM PST by 76834
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RDU Airport 2A military plane has crashed at Raleigh Durham International Airport, catching on fire and sending a huge plume of smoke into the air visible from several miles away.

 


 


39 posted on 03/26/2004 12:43:50 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: jamz
I believe there is a unit based out of Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldston that consists of Super Hornets.

It's F-15Es based at Goldsboro. Super Hornets are F-18 variants. Seymour Johnson is the base I retired from. I spent over 20 years on F-15s. A great plane!

40 posted on 03/26/2004 12:46:18 PM PST by Taipei Personality (Criminal intent is a matter of will, not weapons.)
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41 posted on 03/26/2004 12:47:03 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: jamz
Actually, an Apache pilot who is now in Afghanistan is coming home in the next few weeks and gets to join our softball team again. We missed him last year.

I bet he can cover a lot of ground in the outfield in that Apache!

42 posted on 03/26/2004 12:48:43 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, John F. Kerry’s mind must be freaking enormous)
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To: So Cal Rocket
We've hinted at him bringing his "other" ride and hitting the spotlight at the outfielders just as they are about to catch one of our popups.

Ethics and all that...church league...bah.

;)
43 posted on 03/26/2004 12:50:21 PM PST by jamz
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To: Constitution Day
I think there's an Air National Guard wing there.

Come on now, there is no danger in being a pilot in the ANG. </sarcasm>

44 posted on 03/26/2004 12:51:01 PM PST by NonValueAdded (He says "Bring it on!!" Then when you do, he says, "How dare you!! ")
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To: 76834
Whew--the pilot's okay. That's a relief.
45 posted on 03/26/2004 12:51:08 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: NonValueAdded
Good catch.
46 posted on 03/26/2004 12:51:48 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: Catspaw
Local TV is saying they don't have any condition reports on the pilot. :-(
47 posted on 03/26/2004 12:54:55 PM PST by Howlin
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To: jamz
I live near a small regional airport where we occasionally have military jets practicing landing on these small runways. A family member who was a Navy flier told me that they do this periodically as a training exercise. (Actually, I happened to notice about an hour ago that they were doing it today - there's no mistaking that sound!)
48 posted on 03/26/2004 12:54:59 PM PST by livius
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To: Constitution Day
Airport authorities say it was departing to the south.

Arrivals and departures on a limited basis.
49 posted on 03/26/2004 12:56:20 PM PST by Howlin
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To: jamz
Perhaps someone should point out to the national media and to Senator Kerry that being a National Guard pilot is not hazard-free duty.
50 posted on 03/26/2004 12:57:40 PM PST by mwl1
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