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Marine crew ejects before F/A-18D Hornet crashes in South Carolina

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Firefighters from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services and City of Virginia Beach respond to the crash of an F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, April 6, 2012. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Antonio Turretto Ramos

Two US Marine fighter pilots are recovering after being forced to eject over the state of South Carolina on Thursday afternoon.

The crew of the F/A-18D Hornet was on a routine flight over the Beaufort when one of the “Killer Bee’s” engines gave out.

Residents below reported seeing the engine spew flames before the aircraft began to nose down towards the earth.

“I said to my brother, ‘No, no, no, this is bad,’ ” said resident Sarah S. Rauch, sibling of former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. “And then about a second later there was a colossal explosion.”

The aircraft ultimately crashed on the family’s property.

According to ABC News, the Marine Aviators were able to eject and were later found by Rauch and her brother.

The Marines were medically evaluated after being recovered.

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