A Navy F-14 Tomcat jet fighter attempting a landing slammed into the rear of another F-14 on a runway at Alameda Naval Air Station and skidded into the Oakland estuary, officials said Saturday.
The $30 million plane was destroyed in the Friday night accident, but the crew bailed out safely and no serious injuries were reported, spokesman Bill Valente said. Damage to the jet that was rear-ended was stil being assessed.The F-14 has been the standard fighter aboard aircraft carriers since 1972. They are capable of speeds up to 1,544 mph at high altitudes. Three planes of the type were featured in the movie "Top Gun."