I was at the airshow yesterday (7/15), and was out of town by the time this happened:
The British Hawker Hunter fighter jet lost power for unknown reasons. “It was doing a loop and couldn’t pull out in time,” a witness told the media. “It clipped about three houses and went down.”
HILLSBORO, Ore. - A plane participating in an air show crashed into a residential neighborhood near the Hillsboro Airport, setting at least two homes on fire.
Connie King, a spokeswoman for the Hillsboro Fire Department, said three homes were hit, but she did not know if there were any injuries.
The crash happened toward the end of the two-day Hillsboro Air Show.
Witness Kory Hauser said the plane, an older model jet, went down about 4:30 p.m. about a mile and a half from the airport, the Salem Statesman Journal reported.
“It was doing a loop and couldn’t pull out in time,” he told the paper. “It clipped about three houses and went down.”
The air show was immediately canceled and Hauser said the streets in that section of Hillsboro were in gridlock.
Another witness, Josh Boer, told a Portland TV station that a house “literally exploded” when the plane hit and sent out a fire bomb that lit two other homes on fire.