Cal-Nevada Joins Cal-Pac in Mourning Plane Crash Victims

December 09, 2008

The California-Nevada Annual Conference joins the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church in mourning the victims of yesterday's fighter jet crash in San Diego.

The Associated Press quotes the Rev. Kevin Lee, associate pastor of Korean San Diego UMC, as identifying Young Mi Yoon, a woman in her mid-30s; her two-month-old daughter, Rachel; and her mother, Suk Im Kim, as those killed when the twin-engine F/A-18D Hornet crashed into a residential area about two miles from the Miramar Air Station.
Rev. Lee said Kim had recently arrived to help her daughter care for the newborn.
Rescuers continued to search, today, for a second daughter, 15-month-old Grace Yoon, also believed to have been killed.
Lee told the Los Angeles Times he has been counseling the father, and said, "This is beyond description—the pain he is going through. But he has faith in Christ."
The AP quotes a Congressional aide as saying the pilot was attempting to land at Miramar after the plane's right engine malfunctioned. On final approach, the aide said, the plane lost thrust from its left engine, as well, and the pilot ejected.
The pilot landed in a tree and was being treated at a hospital.
The crash also destroyed a second home, in addition to that of the Yoons, and damaged three others.